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Major new £15 million Bristol production facility opened by The Bart Ingredients Co.

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14 April 2022

Herbs and spices specialist The Bart Ingredients Co. has officially opened a £15 million state-of-the-art production facility in Bristol as part of its ambitious growth strategy.

The business has been transitioning its operations to the new 167,000 sq ft facility at Severn Beach after rising demand saw the business outgrow its previous factory in Bedminster.

In its most recent financial results, The Bart Ingredients Co. saw turnover rise 33 per cent to £40 million in 2020/1, as the pandemic lockdowns encouraged more people to cook at home.

The new facility is two-and-a-half times larger than its old factory and has been developed to help significantly enhance the sustainability of the business’s operations.

The whole of Bart Ingredients’ dry goods business will be housed at the facility, reducing carbon emissions associated with stock movement between sites and warehousing whilst improving operational efficiency.

Two brand new, fully automated high speed production lines have been installed to increase capacity and efficiency, 2 blending rooms, technical labs, and new product development kitchens mean that the business can work more agilely from concept to manufacture cross-departmentally.

Motion activated, energy efficient lighting has been installed throughout and an advanced air handling system has been installed to ensure fresh air and a constant temperature is delivered to all rooms within the facility.

The energy saving measures that have been installed mean Bart Severn Beach has achieved a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating, putting it in the top 25% of all energy efficient buildings.

David Collard, CEO at The Bart Ingredients Co., said: “Today is a major milestone for everyone at The Bart Ingredients Co. as we open a fantastic new facility that will be central to delivering our ambitious growth plans.

“At The Bart Ingredients Co., we’re proud of our heritage as a major player in the Bristol economy. This incredible investment is a company first and a testament to our commitment to supporting the economic future of the South West.

"Our facility at Severn Beach is not only a factory that is fit for the future but a fantastic working environment that will help us attract top talent from across the region too.”

Founded in 1963, The Bart Ingredients Co. has been sourcing, selecting, and creating premium quality herbs, spices, seasonings and pastes from around the world for nearly 60 years.

The business recently released a seasonal limited edition, Bart Warming Winter Spice to accompany its portfolio of more than 180 ingredients.

The Bart range of ingredients are stocked in Ocado, Waitrose, Booths, Co-Op and are also available on bart.co.uk.

Pictured: Jim Dorman, chief operating officer, and David Collard, CEO


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Peter Davison is deputy editor of The Business Magazine. He has spent his life in journalism – doing work experience in newsrooms in and around Bristol while still at school, and landing his first job on a local newspaper aged 19. By 28 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country.

An early advocate of online news, he spent the first years of the 2000s telling his bosses that the internet posed both the biggest opportunity and greatest threat to the newspaper industry and the art of journalism. He was right on both counts.

Since 2006 he has enjoyed a career as a freelance journalist. He lives in rural Wiltshire with one wife, two children, and three cats.

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