Nairnís opens £6.5m gluten-free factory in Midlothian

Edinburgh-based oatcake and biscuit manufacturer Nairnís Oatcakes has opened its new gluten-free manufacturing operation in Newtongrange, Midlothian following an investment of more than £6.5m.

The expansion is a response to growing consumer demand for Nairnís gluten-free products, resulting in the existing gluten-free sites such as Craigmillar, Edinburgh reaching capacity.

The company has said the new factory will ďenhance and support Nairnís future, allowing it to satisfy demand for its current range, whilst increasing capacity for a significant NPD pipeline to be developedĒ.

Martyn Gray, managing director at Nairnís Oatcakes, said production at its current site had reached a ceiling, with limited scope for growth.

ďWith investment in larger-scale premises and plant, we now have both the capacity and competitive cost profile, associated with greater automation, to secure and develop the long-term future of Nairnís.Ē

Its long-term banking partner HSBC has provided the funding for the investment. HSBC said it was ďmore than happy to fund Nairnís new manufacturing site and support the businessí ambitions to expandĒ.

Nairnís has also announced the rollout of larger pack sizes for its gluten-free oatcakes and the introduction of new childrenís gluten-free products called Astro Bites.

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