Grate ex­pec­ta­tions


Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS - Owen Evans

AS many as 50 jobs could be cre­ated as part of a cheese fac­tory’s multi mil­lion pound ex­pan­sion.

Gwynedd-based GRH Food Com­pany Ltd are dou­bling in size with a £6.5M in­vest­ment to move into a new 43,500 sq ft fa­cil­ity at Snow­do­nia Busi­ness Park, Minf­fordd near Porth­madog.

The fam­ily-owned firm has been lo­cated at Y Ffor, near Pwll­heli, since 1997 and to­day em­ploys 70 staff.

The ex­pan­sion has been made pos­si­ble thanks to a £1.7M Welsh Gov­ern­ment grant.

An­drew Hock­ridge, Man­ag­ing Director at GRH, said: “We have in­vested heav­ily in in­no­va­tion, new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment and our peo­ple over the last two years and our suc­cess has meant we have reached max­i­mum ca­pac­ity at Y Ffor with in­creas­ing de­mand from cus­tomers at home and abroad.

“Se­cur­ing the £1.7M Welsh Gov­ern­ment grant was a game-changer to sup­port our £6.5M in­vest­ment at Minf­fordd which will now en­able us to grow from a £16M busi­ness to­day to po­ten­tially up to £50M and em­ploy­ing a fur­ther 50 staff, over the next few years.

“The state of the art fac­tory at Snow­do­nia Busi­ness Park will en­able GRH to dou­ble pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity as well as of­fer­ing the very high­est food in­dus­try BRC qual­ity stan­dards.

“More­over, GRH will be de­vel­op­ing on site a Cheese In­no­va­tion Cen­tre to ac­cel­er­ate the growth in new blended, flavoured and high nutri­tion cheeses for UK and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.”

The project has re­ceived fund­ing through the Welsh Gov­ern­ment Ru­ral Com­mu­ni­ties -Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme 2014-2020, which is funded by the Euro­pean Agri­cul­tural Fund for Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and the Welsh Gov­ern­ment.

Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary for En­vi­ron­ment and Ru­ral Af­fairs, Les­ley Grif­fiths said: “I would like to con­grat­u­late GRH Food Com­pany Ltd on their am­bi­tion to grow.

“Their con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the Welsh econ­omy is im­por­tant and it is good to see that our pro­duc­ers are tak­ing in­no­va­tion and new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment se­ri­ously.

“In­vest­ing in its peo­ple is a huge ben­e­fit for any busi­ness and I cer­tainly wish GRH Food Com­pany Ltd ev­ery suc­cess in its new home”.

The new Minf­fordd site will be fully op­er­a­tional from April 2018, ini­tially safe­guard­ing the 70 ex­ist­ing staff, with a fur­ther 15 staff ex­pected to be em­ployed by the end of 2018.

Gwynedd-based GRH Food Com­pany Ltd are dou­bling in size with a £6.5M in­vest­ment

MD An­drew Hock­ridge

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