Victor factory output at record levels

Victor Manufacturing claims that orders related to the Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme are leading it to have the best July and August in its history.

The Bradford-based outfit has experienced a spike in sales of 33% compared to last year, a record for the company in more than 70 years of trading.

The extra business puts it on track to exceed sales of more than £7m this year.

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Peter Brewin, marketing manager at Victor, said that ever since the government announced back in March that it would invest £150m in the scheme it has been inundated with orders.

“Luckily, we planned for this uplift in interest, as we knew that previously many primary schools — approximately a third — do not have a functioning kitchen,” he said.

“Therefore, since June we’ve been hiring and training extra staff, extending production hours and even running some areas of production 24 hours a day to ensure schools are ready for the new term in September.”

Brewin said that Victor’s on-site visits had also gone down well. In the last six months alone it has visited more than 200 schools, said Brewin.

“We have been providing them with practical guidance and advice on how to get the most capacity from the space they have to feed the school and how they can do this in the most cost-efficient way.”

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