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The 2 Sisters Food Group has invested £10 million in its food preparation facility in South Wales to increase production of oriental ready meals.

Following this cash injection, the Rogerstone site now has an oriental foods “pod”, which will be utilised to help drive growth within the company’s Meal Solutions division.

A range of new equipment and technology has been fitted at the factory, including a new in-line cooling system which has helped reduce the environmental impact of operations here.

Managing director of Meal Solutions Simon Wookey commented: “We are investing millions in our factories and embedding a cross-functional lean culture to deliver a gold standard performance.”

The organisation supplies high-quality ready meals to M&S, with a spokesperson from the retailer noting that the extension to the Rogerstone site will mean more exciting and innovative recipes hitting the shelves in stores in the coming months.

Food production is one of the UK’s largest manufacturing industries and there are various projects working to improve its efficiency. Last month, OAL and the University of Lincoln were awarded a grant of £448,850 by the UK government’s innovation agency to explore and develop new robotics material handling systems for food.

The year-long project will focus on automating the processes of handling, weighing and transporting raw ingredients. Part of the project will also examine hygiene and food safety features.

According to OAL’s managing director Harry Norman, this kind of innovation is crucial for the sector, because manufacturers are faced with rising costs but have little opportunity to up their prices, making efficiency gains one of the best ways for them to boost profits.

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