Free From Confectionery Manufacturing Expansion

Free From Confectionery Manufacturing Expansion

Lead Organisation: Buttermilk Confections Ltd            

Investment Priority: Strategic Business, Enterprise and R&D Infrastructure

Fund: Strategic Business, Enterprise and R&D Infrastructure

SPF awarded: £852,000

Location:  Bodmin

 

Buttermilk, based in Bodmin, started life as a traditional fudge shop in the heart of Padstow in 1964. Now, 60 years later, the business has pioneered a range of award-winning dairy-free chocolate bars that are stocked by major retailers and wholesalers across the UK and sold online.

With sales growth of 226% for its ‘plant-powered’ confectionery including a growing export market, the challenger brand is embarking on a major expansion. The £930,000 project will see Buttermilk consolidate and expand two production units on to one site at its Bodmin base, seeking to create 14 quality jobs in the future and doubling production capacity.

To support quality year-round employment, the business will also invest in the development of a multi-skilled production team that will benefit from consolidated training and development programmes in food safety, quality, and technology.

The 420 square metre factory extension will include solar panels on the roof and a heat recovery system to reuse heat extracted from refrigeration for hot water and cleaning, significantly reducing the factory’s carbon footprint in line with the Good Growth programme’s key principles.

Buttermilk was acquired by husband-and-wife team David and Tracy Goad in 2010 as a small seasonal fudge producer. By 2016 they had transformed it into a sustainable year-round employer with listings in Waitrose, Sainsbury, Tesco and more. After the success of a dairy free Easter egg in 2018, the company secured funding to develop a pilot production line of dairy free chocolate snack bars in 2021 and has never looked back.

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