The Pudding Compartment factory opening

Source: Welsh Government

Welsh bakery business The Pudding Compartment has increased the size of its production area after receiving support from a government investment scheme.

The supplier, which is based on the Manor Industrial Estate in Flint, produces tray bakes, cookies, grab-and-go and loaf cakes for customers including rail services and schools.

It has more than doubled its production area and invested in new equipment following £100,000 in support from the Welsh Government’s Food Business Investment Scheme.

A joint project was also recently established with AMRC Cymru and Industry Wales to create a demonstration bakery as a “factory of the future”, which will include introducing digital technologies and automation in an SME manufacturing environment.

“We look forward to launching a new range of products next month and establishing our joint factory of the future project with AMRC to share knowledge with the wider supply base in Wales,” said Steve West, who founded The Pudding Compartment in 2007.

Welsh rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths officially opened the new production facility and said it had been great to meet West and his team at The Pudding Compartment.

“I am very pleased Welsh government support has helped them grow and double the size of their production area in Flint,” she said. “I have also heard about plans for further growth in the future.

“Wales’ food and drink businesses work hard all year round to ensure people can enjoy their products and I am proud of their continued efforts.”

West said it had been great having the minister open the new facility, and to outline the progress The Pudding Compartment had made working with the Welsh government’s Trade Development Programme.

The Pudding Compartment is a member of the Fine Food Cluster, Sustainability Cluster and Sustainable Scale-Up cluster.