Ryedale’s largest employer has announced it is to spend £500,000 upgrading the main processing line at its Malton headquarters.
The investment by the Karro Food Group will be used to improve the hair removal process in the pig processing chain at its site on Norton Grove Industrial Estate – helping to deliver consistently high quality finished product to its customers.
Bosses say the improvements will create production efficiencies and a reduction in energy use for Karro and will result in the business having a system that is best in class in the meat industry.
The upgrade comes as part of an ongoing review of manufacturing operations by the company to identify areas of its processes that can be improved at the site which is known locally as Malton Bacon Factory.
The company has an annual turnover of £540m through supplying pork to the retail and food service industries.
Work will start this month and is expected to be completed by the end of March at the latest.
Di Walker, the executive chairman of the Karro Food Group, said: “We review our processing practices on an ongoing basis and we’re committed to investing in technology and techniques to improve the way that we operate and are able to service our valued customers.
“At Karro, we believe it’s very important to work closely with the farmers on our doorstep in Yorkshire.”