£1m bird seed factory expansion
Bird seed manufacturer Johnston & Jeff is flying high with the announcement of a £1m expansion of its factory.
The business, based at Gilberdyke, East Yorkshire, makes feed for garden birds, parrots and aviary birds, as well as handcrafted hutches, bird tables and nest boxes.
Johnston & Jeff’s Managing Director, Richard Johnston, said the expansion was the biggest investment the company has made since moving from its original premises in Hull to Gilberdyke in 2002. The money is funding a new, 12,000sqft warehouse with 2,000 new pallet bays – a four-fold increase on the company’s previous capacity.
It will also see Johnston & Jeff build new offices and fund new machinery including two computer-controlled multi head weighers, a new bagging line and a palletising robot which loads the sacks on to pallets.
Richard said: “People love birds, be it pet owners whose passion is keeping aviary birds and parrots, or the people who simply want to attract more wild birds in their garden by feeding them, because of the sheer pleasure of watching them.
“As a result, we’ve seen significant growth in all our key markets and that is what has prompted us to make this investment. We’ve committed to ensuring we can continue to meet the rising demand for bird feed of the highest quality, and expanding our factory and investing in new, state of the art equipment is the best way we can achieve that.”
Johnston & Jeff employs 50 staff who make around 500 tonnes of premium bird food each week, across more than 300 product lines.
The company has also launched a new, limited edition product called No Mess, No Grow Wild Bird Food, specifically formulated not to germinate when dropped on lawns, beds or borders.