UK food & drink manufacturer Aimia Foods, have announced new investments in production & packaging facilities at their Haydock plant. Aimia manufacture and market licensed brands such as Galaxy Hot Chocolate, Weightwatchers Hot Chocolate and No Fear Energy Drink. Business for the privately owned company has expanded significantly after it won several new manufacturing contracts with blue chip clients and expanded its private label business.

The company has purchased a second fully automated pouch packing line to meet growing demand. As Steve Johnson, Business Development Director says, “We’ve seen massive growth in pouch pack sales over the last two or three years. Consumers ‘get them’ because they reduce the weight of shopping to carry and can offer better value for money and retailers ‘get them’ because they make a helpful contribution to packaging waste reduction targets”

Additionally the business has made a significant investment in a state of the art dry powder blending system, designed to increase capacity and improve blending quality and efficiency. The system had been successfully introduced and developed with Aimia specifically to manage the blending and allergen control process challenges presented by complex recipes for both Aimia’s products and products developed and produced for its manufacturing partners.

A broad range of packaging types and new capital equipment are seen by Aimia as crucial in the future “Once upon a time a brand may have needed 1 or 2 packaging formats, today most brands have a dozen or more incarnations and we are ready for that. By offering jars, pouches, sticks, tins, bags and the ability to blend using a fully enclosed system allows us to cater for production of more and more clients’ needs delivering their requirements for different sectors or markets”

For more information contact Jonathan Hunt on 01942 272900