Capable of producing 35,000 litres per hour, the line, which will be fully operational this month, is set to increase overall production capacity at the site by 50%.
The installation would enable EOL to produce five litre bottles for the first time, in addition to two and three litre bottles – boosting production capabilities and efficiencies. It could also handle lightweight bottles, removing more than 100 tonnes of plastic from the supply chain and reducing the site’s carbon footprint, according to the business.
The site forms the hub of EOL’s cooking oil production and bottles the market-leading brands of Crisp ‘n’ Dry, Flora and Mazola Corn Oil.
Largest producer of retail packaged oils
Edible Oils is a 50/50 joint venture between Princes Ltd and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and the UK’s largest producer of packaged oils for the retail sector. It supplies more than half of the UK’s own-label and branded seed oil volume.
The Erith site is one of the largest employers in the area and its operations support a number of regional jobs in businesses and industries that provide raw materials and services.
The new line would enable EOL to cut the environmental impact of the site, build on growth plans and provide future employment opportunities, said Kim Matthews, commercial director at EOL.
“Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our dedicated team have successfully adapted to new practices, working tirelessly to meet increased demand while progressing construction works at Erith, ensuring that this important project remains on track for completion later this year,” said Matthews.