HECK Food looks to expand Kirklington operations

HECK Food looks to expand Kirklington operations

HECK Food has submitted a planning application for the construction of a 30,000 sq ft production and warehouse facility on the family farm at Kirklington, near Bedale.

Founded by husband and wife team Andrew and Debbie Keeble, the plans could create a further 32 new jobs if they are given the green light.

HECK has outgrown its current premises on Leeming Bar Industrial Estate and plans to invest £3.4m in the new development which also includes a visitor centre.

Property consultancy Carter Jonas’ planning team advised them on how to make best use of the otherwise redundant farmstead site.

David Boulton, head of planning in the North at Carter Jonas, said: “Andrew and Debbie are an inspiration to work with and unbridled in their ambition and approach to a business they clearly love.

“The move to purpose-designed manufacturing premises adjacent to the A1M will enable the firm to consolidate its business from three sites, more than double employment in this rural location, as well as firmly connect the business to its North Yorkshire roots on the family farm.

“The visitor centre is part of HECK’s innovative business approach and clear desire to broaden the appeal of their business by engaging young people as well customers in understanding the opportunities offered by the food industry, as well as demystifying some of the myths associated with it.”

Founded in 2012, the Keeble family have farmed at Berryhills Farm since 1959 before diversifying into food production more than 15 years ago. 

The company’s products are now stocked in retailers such as Tesco, Waitrose, Asda, Morrisons and Booths. 

Business growth continues to look buoyant and sales have grown 159% a year to £5.7m this year.