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Crisp factory gets £8m to boost production

Pipers Crisps' manufacturing site in Brigg
Pipers Crisps' manufacturing site in Brigg [Dale Baxter/BBC]

A food and beverage company is to invest £8m in its Lincolnshire crisp manufacturing site

PepsiCo, which owns Pipers Crisps, will make the investment into the facilities in Brigg to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the crisp brand.

The company says the funding will boost production capacity at the site by nearly 80% by replacing existing crisp fryers with energy efficient models and installing new packaging machines.

Mirjam Fogarty, head of operations at Pipers Crisps, said the move will help to "expand the brand internationally".

The more efficient fryers will reduce the site’s greenhouse gas emissions by over 200 tonnes a year, PepsiCo said.

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The company also said it more than doubled sales in 2023, selling £89m worth of crisps. The brand’s export business is worth more than £2m.

Alongside increasing production, the investment will also go towards upgrading facilities for the factory’s 100 employees, including improvements to workspaces and staff changing rooms.

Farmers Alex Albone, Simon Herring and James Sweeting founded Pipers in 2004.

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