May 10, 2017

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UK Sweetener Firm Invests $970K in New Production Line
Image courtesy of The Sweetener Company

The UK’s biggest producer of sweetener tablets, The Sweetener Company, is investing £750,000, or about $940,000 USD, in a new PET jar production line, in response to rising demand for the firm’s granulated and tablet sweetener products, a press release on the Derby City Council’s website announced May 5.

“Rapid expansion over the past five years have seen sales growth reach 40% with a staggering 3.5 million tablets being produced per hour,” the release said. “Whilst tablet sweeteners remain popular, demand for granulated sweeteners meant the company had to consider major investment in production processes to meet customer demand for both formats.”

A grant of £24,000 was made to The Sweetener Company, a subsidiary of Health Care Products Ltd., by the Derbyshire Enterprise Growth Fund (D2EGF) for the purchase of technology used to develop new products.

The Sweetener Company said the new line will cut costs in manufacturing powdered sweeteners by producing a jar with blow molding equipment and then filling, sealing, and capping the jars. An all-over shrink sleeve is then put on the jar using steam shrink tunnel equipment.

“Supermarkets who order our products like to keep their supply chains as simple as possible. This means that they want to purchase granulated sweetener from the same supplier as sweetener tablets,” managing director of The Sweetener Company, Bob Seaborne, said in a statement. “Our ability to do business with them would have been as risk if we hadn’t been able to meet their needs by providing both products. The D2EGF funding literally allowed us to purchase the final machine to complete the production line which will help to secure our future.”

Based on an 8-hour shift, the new line will have a capacity of 5 million jars per year of both tablets and granulated sweeteners. Four new jobs will be created as a result of the new line’s addition, the release said.

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