In July, the PDM Group, the UK’s largest food waste recycler, announced that it was investing £90m into food waste recycling facilities across the UK.
The company is investing £44 million in brand new, industry-leading anaerobic digestion facilities in Widnes and Dagenham for its ReFood food waste business, as well as a further £29 million to upgrade its animal by-product rendering operations in Nuneaton and Widnes and £18 million on its pet food processing facilities in Widnes, Doncaster and Nottingham.
Andy Smith, chief executive officer at PDM, said: “This is a significant investment in new and existing facilities in the UK that will ensure we remain at the forefront of food waste and animal by product processing. As part of Saria Bio-Industries, PDM is committed to using the most advanced technological solutions to ensure we optimise the resource value and quality of food by-products and waste, through state-of-the-art processing techniques and world class quality standards.”
Prova launched the news story to the trade media as part of PDM’s Connect event – a series of three open days, which showcased the company’s ReFood facilities and other operations, as well as those of its suppliers – such as its AD construction partners. The team secured widespread coverage across trade and local media – the latter a key target to help grow the regional customer base for its ReFood food waste collection and recycling business. Commercial director, Philip Simpson undertook interviews with BBC Radio Sheffield, The Yorkshire Post and Doncaster Today.
The results of this investment will come to fruition over the next 18 months, commencing with the opening of a new ReFood plant in Widnes at the end of 2013. Watch this space!