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How It's Made: Inside the Devon crisp factory

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Ever wondered how crisps are made? This Devon factory does it using state-of-the art equipment and the latest production methods thanks to a £3million upgrade that has created jobs and boosted production by 20 per cent.
Burts Chips now employs 168 people after the installation of a second high-speed potato frying line that will boost production by 20 per cent.
This will see 200 tonnes of Burts’ famous hand-cooked chips being made every week in the Roborough factory, alongside 23 tonnes of the fast-growing Better For You range of Lentil Waves and Quinoa Crinkles launched in the past two years.
This increase in capacity will help satisfy the growing demand for the brand from retailers across the UK, US, Canada, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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The new fryer is the company’s second high-capacity line to be installed and the 10th overall at the Roborough production site, reports plymouthherald .
It sits alongside upgrades made to the factory’s bagging system earlier this year and completes the £3million expenditure made by the company during 2017, enabling Burts to meet increasing demand for its products.
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“We are delighted to welcome the new team members to our Burts family,” said Burts’ MD David Nairn.
“Our continued success both at home and overseas is down to the dedication and expertise of our people, who make quality products using the best of British ingredients with many being from the South West.”

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He said the firm has grown sales from £11.4million in 2013 to £24.5million in 2016.
And he added: “This year we are on course to see a further 30 per cent rise in sales and the new potato fryer is integral to the continuing this success, giving us the additional capacity needed to fulfil increased demand from our existing customers, as well as driving new business and innovation.”
The installation of the new potato fryer and bagging system forms part of an on-going programme of investments and improvements at Burts’ Plymouth site over the past five years.
During this time nearly £12million has been invested by the company to increase production capacity and drive efficiencies.

Further investment is also planned in early 2018 with the introduction of a fully automated palletisation system.
In May 2017 the artisan crisp maker took home a dozen gongs at the Taste of the West Awards.
The company landed five Golds and four Silvers, with three Highly Commended, at the ceremony at Tiverton’s Hartnoll Hotel.

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It landed Gold honours in the Ready Meals, Soups and Light Eats category for its new Quinoa Crinkles West Country Cream Cheese, and Lentil Waves Thai Sweet Chilli flavours.
It also took top marks for its Sea Salt, Salt and Malt Vinegar and Vintage Cheddar and Onion varieties.
Silver medals went to the popular Thai Sweet Chilli, Devon Roast Beef, Firecracker Lobster and Sea Salt and Crushed Peppercorns flavours.
The new Quinoa Crinkles Sweet Pepper and Chorizo, Lentil Waves Lightly Salted and Smoked Crispy Bacon varieties were also lauded.
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Source: Devon live