Extons Foods, a leading independent cheese processing company in the UK, supplying various types of cheese to clients in Europe, is investing in a new unit that is expected to be fully functional by 2024. The new unit, conveniently located next to their current site in Wythenshawe, includes a secondary grating line that caters specifically to retail clients. This expansion will reduce changeovers and provide direct retail supply opportunities. It is set to be fully operational by September 2024.
The investment in the new unit is not only aimed at increasing production capacity and improving efficiency, but also at providing a safer and better working environment for Extons staff. The new unit will provide an additional 250 pallet spaces and a planned warehouse, packing room, and production line extension. This is a testament to the company’s commitment to providing a safe and comfortable working environment for its employees.
Extons Foods is already one of the largest independent suppliers of sliced and grated cheese in the UK, processing 450 tonnes of cheese per week. With 23 years of experience, the company employs 150 staff members and serves some of the biggest names in the dairy industry. The company’s founder, Liz Parkinson, started it as a small loss-making business in 2000 supplying local sandwich shops with grated cheese. Today, Extons is on track to reach a turnover of £100m in 2023.
Despite challenges posed by the COVID pandemic and uncertainty around Brexit, the company has experienced tremendous growth in recent years. Liz noted that the investment in extending the current facility is aimed at reaffirming their commitment to their customers through modern, world-class, cutting-edge production to serve increased demand.
As a people-first and caring company with a loyal team, Extons has an excellent reputation for service and quality. The company remains rooted in South Manchester and believes in reinvesting in the local community. The latest investment seeks to provide much-needed employment opportunities and crucial investment into the local area.
In conclusion, Extons Foods is committed to remaining one of the leading independent cheese processing companies in the UK. The investment in the new unit is a testament to the company’s dedication to providing excellent service, quality products, and a safe working environment for its employees.