Organic tea maker Clipper – in pictures

Ops director Mark Bagwell wants Clipper Teas to become a global brand

Organic and Fairtrade tea specialist Clipper Teas is on track to produce 1.2bn teabags this year from its production facility in Beaminster, Dorset.

Despite overseeing the doubling of production at the site over the past five years, Mark Bagwell – operations director for parent company Wessanen UK – plans to grow the business much further.

Food Manufacture visited the site last month to find out how Bagwell plans to make Clipper a global brand while remaining true to its Fairtrade and organic roots.

In this exclusive photogallery of images taken from our tour of the operation, you can learn about the tea-making process and the ongoing site redevelopment plans that will result in production capacity increasing almost five-fold.

Considerable changes at the business

Bagwell joined Clipper a decade ago, and by his own admission has witnessed considerable changes at the business.

In 2012, Dutch organic specialist Royal Wessanen bought Clipper from then owner Fleming Family & Partners.

Last year, the company was crowned Beverage manufacturing company of the year at the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards (FMEAs), after judges praised its ruthless cost control and ability to succeed in a tough market.

To find out more about entering this year’s awards, visit the Food Manufacture Excellence Awards website, or call Catherine Lyne on 01293 610439.

To read more about how Bagwell is preparing the business for more growth when the redevelopment is completed – part of our Me and My Factory series of profiles – order your copy of the June issue of Food Manufacture magazine .

Nim’s Fruit Crisps photogallery

Meanwhile, another 2016 FMEA award winner was profiled last month as part of the Me and My Factory series.

Nim’s Fruit Crisps picked up the Small and medium-sized enterprise innovation of the year award for owner Nimisha Raja’s commitment to making the business succeed.

You can view how Raja produces her novel range of air-dried fruit and vegetable crisps in this exclusive tour of the company’s new 929m2 factory in Kent.

Do you and your factory have a story to tell? If you think you would make a suitable Me and My Factory candidate, Food Manufacture’s associate editor Noli Dinkovski would love to hear from you.

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