The pet food manufacturer Re Pet has reported 40% year-on-year growth with demand for its food grade packaging “rocketing” after adapting its systems to meet standards set by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
The firm, which employs 20 people at its Houghton-le-Spring factory, makes recyclable plastic sheeting for the packaging sector, which is usually used in the manufacture of food cartons for supermarkets.
After securing the accreditation with backing from the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS), the firm said it had been able to open new doors for Re Pet and boosted annual sales to the £5m mark just two years after the business was officially launched.
Managing director John Forrest said that the need for supermarkets to hit new sustainable targets was “a major opportunity for us”.
He continued: “Currently the UK imports two-thirds of the PET material used and we intend to change that by offering great products competitively.
“We are also continually launching new products, including non-metalised coloured sheet and ongoing industry trials for non-metalised gold.”
Re Pet spent £2.7m on new extrusion equipment and a dedicated training programme for all staff. Future plans include a further £2.4m acquisition of new machinery and the recruitment of a senior manufacturing manager.
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