DLF Seeds, the world’s leading grass seed breeder, is to invest £3.5 million in new state-of-the-art mixing and distribution facilities at its main seed processing site at Inkberrow in Worcestershire.
This comes on the back of a £3M investment at its Scottish site at Broxburn, near Edinburgh in 2015, which automated and revolutionised the handling of forage grass and clover mixtures into the agricultural market.
“This investment will transform our current production facilities and bring much needed additional capacity and efficiency to cope with the future market demands in the amenity, consumer, environmental stewardship, cover crop and wildflower markets,” says Tim Kerridge, managing director for DLF Seeds.
“We have already seen increased demand for our products, especially for environmental stewardship, cover crops and wildflowers, in response to the UK government’s focus on habitat creation and carbon capture.
“In the amenity and consumer sector we have also experienced sustained growth and continue to see opportunities in these markets, as the economy recovers from Covid and embraces the sustainability agenda.”
The investment encompasses a new fully automated mixing plant for amenity and consumer products, whilst freeing up existing mixing capacity to triple the throughput of environmental stewardship, cover crops and wildflowers.
“This is a very exciting time for our industry where we must invest to ensure our customers can continue to receive the highest levels of service and the quickest delivery times for their orders,” Mr Kerridge continues.
“Covid and Brexit have presented many challenges over the past two years but this investment will ensure we are well placed to serve our customers in the decades to come.”
Work, which has already started, is expected to be completed by spring 2023.
The new processing and packing facilities will be a scaled-up version of those installed at the forage site in Scotland in 2015.