Manufacturing has started at innocent’s new carbon-neutral factory, with the first bottled drinks rolling off the production line at ‘the blender’ in the Port of Rotterdam.
the blender is the earth’s most sustainable healthy drinks factory and will produce up to 300 million litres in a year. The London-based drinks manufacturer worked in partnership with food and drink project delivery specialist, Integrated Food Projects to develop the £200 million plant in the Port of Rotterdam’s new Food Hub.
Strategically located for innocent’s UK & European market, the Rotterdam site enables innocent to bring its operations largely inhouse – meaning it can drive its own manufacturing carbon footprint.
The new factory incorporates a number of different technologies to reduce and reuse natural resources. For any further energy needs the blender will have its own solar panels and wind turbines, and road miles will also be reduced by 20 per cent, as a significant proportion of the fruit and juice raw materials arrive by sea in the Port of Rotterdam.
Working in partnership with Integrated Food Projects, innocent placed sustainability at the very heart of the project from day one – from planning to design, through to the build and operational running of the factory. The result is the blender being the earth’s most sustainable healthy drinks factory and a leading example of how a holistic approach to integrating sustainability within design can start to show how the drinks manufacturing sector can be better for people, the planet and business.
Andy Tebbutt, joint managing director at Integrated Food Projects commented:
“We have been working alongside innocent on the blender since 2018, and it’s fantastic to see the first finished drinks being produced, bottled and shipped from the factory. Sustainability has been a focal point of the blender since day one of planning, and what has been achieved at the factory really does recalibrate the industry standard for what can be achieved in sustainability within the food and drink manufacturing sector.”
Andy Joynson, chief blender at innocent added:
“The team at Integrated Food Projects has been integral to the success of the project. Alongside engineering expertise, they brought their vast experience of delivering sustainable factories to help determine where the factory should be built, the methods and equipment used and ultimately, how it should operate sustainably.
“the blender is an important first step in achieving our ambitious target of innocent being a completely carbon neutral business by 2025. Reducing our impact on the environment and dependence on natural resources is the responsibility of every business that works in the food and drink manufacturing sector. We believe the blender is a shining example of what can be achieved, and as such we are committed to inspiring other businesses by sharing our knowledge and experience of building sustainable factories.”
Integrated Food Projects have partnered with Kettleby Foods on a number of high-profile multi-million pound capital projects since 2003/4, helping the business to develop and grow. Throughout that time they have provided cost-effective and efficient solutions on development projects both at our existing ready meals production facility and also in creating a new satellite facility. The projects at our existing facility were managed without impact on our ability to service our own clients, and all projects have been delivered within budget, in a timely fashion and to the requisite standards of safety and quality. Their team work ethos and professional approach ensure successful projects and I would utilise Integrated Food Projects in the future without hesitation.
- Jarrod Thorndyke, Production Director
I have worked with Integrated Food Projects on many capital expenditure projects since 2004, the latest being the development of the new plot of land adjacent to our main site. They successfully employed a project delivery process to ensure the integration of a leased modular building solution with the development of the site infrastructure to improve logistics and Health and Safety. Their staff are always positive and enthusiastic and have fostered a team-work approach ensuring another successful project delivered. I look forward to working with them again in the near future.
- Engineering Manager, Major UK Ready Meals Manufacturer