The investment will create new jobs in the region and increase production by up to 100%to the UK’s fast food and foodservice markets.
First Minister Carwyn Jones officially opened the Burger Manufacturing Company’s new facility at Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys, on Wednesday, following a 40% funding grant from the Food Business Investment Scheme.
This project has received investment through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, and the Welsh Government.
The Burger Manufacturing Company produces over 37.5 million burgers each year - some 630 burgers per minute.
It has moved production from its existing neighbouring facility into a purpose-built unit that will allow it to develop new quality and gourmet burgers for customers, including restaurants and takeaway businesses.
It’s a return to the site for the First Minister who opened the original facility in 2000 when he was Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development.
First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “I’m pleased to return to the Burger Manufacturing Company to officially open this new larger production facility which has been supported by more than £1.4 million of Welsh Government and European Union investment.
“The company plays an important role in contributing to the local economy in Powys and is supplying not only UK customers, but also exporting into Europe.
“This is an excellent example of how businesses in rural Wales are a key component of Wales’ economic drive and vitally important to our food and farming sectors.”
The new facility is 3,670 sq metres and includes some of the latest food production technology.
The company only uses 100% beef in the production of its products, including its new gourmet range, aimed at higher end restaurants and eateries.
The new unit will also house an R&D facility to develop new burger products.
“We can now increase production for existing and new customers while developing new and exciting products for a range of markets.”
As well as UK customers, the company exports its products to Gibraltar, Spain, France and other countries.
Production will begin immediately at the new facility and a number of jobs will be created over the next three years.