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Continued growth sees further investment

23 September 2022

Inspired to launch a chilled ready meal range after struggling to find healthy ‘free from’ ready meal options for her son, Kirsty Henshaw dreamt of building a state of the art, 100% allergen free factory and in 2020 she achieved this goal. 

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Converting an existing facility into a sustainable factory was the main challenge which included talking to Holmach about the use of technology which could extend product shelf-life and reduce waste in the food chain.  

Holmach’s was able to offer a Lagarde retort to deliver a short gentle steam cook to the sealed tray, neutralising any bacteria to extend shelf-life, while sealing in flavour and nutrients.  Using less water and energy than other steam cooking solutions, the increase in shelf-life opened the business up to wider distribution opportunities while also minimising food waste.

Kirsty’s has continued to see a rise in retail listings. To effectively manage this increased demand the brand recently installed a second Lagarde retort, increasing capacity to 40,000 meals a day.  

Commenting on the project Kirsty Henshaw, founder of Kirsty’s, said: “Holmach’s Lagarde retorts have not only reduced our carbon emissions and minimised the risk of food being wasted but it has also meant that we have been able to increase our capacity, producing more nutritious, free-from meals for our ever-growing customer base.”

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