Rapid cross-sector growth sees Dalziel Ingredients invest in world-class NPD centre

UK food ingredients specialist Dalziel Ingredients is investing in a £1m expansion of new product development capabilities to create a world class NPD centre at its Felling, Gateshead factory.

It is the latest phase of a wider £4m expansion programme at Dalziel Ingredients, the UK specialist in bespoke seasoning blends, cures, and functional ingredients – which are available a range of packaging options for bulk supplies to small sachets, from 1000kg to 1g.

Dalziel’s new 7,100 square foot (660sq m) NPD centre will comprise sophisticated presentation and development kitchens, sample preparation areas, dedicated sauce making facility, video conferencing facilities, meat preparation room and freezer facilities.

Equally, the expansion will support Dalziel’s specialist departments, as the UK’s leading NPD and Technical Services teams in savoury blended ingredients.  Completion is expected in spring 2022.

Dalziel Ingredients’ sales director Richard Wilson said: “Our vision is to create a world-class NPD facility to help us deliver far more complex customer requirements.

“Our customer range has expanded massively in the UK, Ireland and globally across all food sectors including health and nutrition.

“The scale of our NPD redevelopment gives us greater capacity for trials to replicate customer products in-house.  It means we can further strengthen our partnerships with customers to develop inspirational, market leading products.”

Functional nutrition products, in particular the rise in vegan and plant based, is a key sector driving demand for Dalziel’s blended ingredients, having expanded into new markets, said Fran Hutton, Dalziel Ingredients’ NPD director.

“The rise in healthy nutrition products and vegan has seen our biggest percentage growth of the last 12 months, together with demand for snacks seasonings.  During the pandemic we started exploring other markets and now we’re reaping the benefits.

“Importantly, the diversity in our skills sets us apart in terms of our experience and industry knowledge.”

The company advises manufacturers across the world on flavour trends, market analysis, factory processes, recipe formulations and product quality enhancements.

As part of Dalziel’s wider £4m expansion, recently Dalziel has completed a £350k investment in its factory production capability to cope with the diverse range of products being developed.  This allows for flexibility within the production facility including enhanced allergen controls.

This followed a major expansion of its warehousing facility at its Felling centre over the last three years.

And the company now has plans for another £500,000 expansion of its raw material warehouse over next 18 months.

Managing director Stuart Dalziel added: “The importance of this investment in Dalziel Ingredients is hugely important.  And we’re proud to be investing in the best environment to enable our first-class 25-strong NPD & Technical teams to shine.”

Dalziel Ingredients is a division of the Dalziel group, a Scottish based company with over 95 years of expertise within the food industry.

 

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