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Animal feed company secures 3.5m investment

Northamptonshire-based animal feed manufacturer, Dodson & Horrell, plans to improve its productivity and annual turnover. A 3.5m financial package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking is an investment in the modernisation of its plant and machinery.

Dodson & Horrell, a family business established in 1939, specialises in animal nutrition. The company currently employs over 200 people, manufactures and distributes animal feed for horses, working dogs, and pets in the UK, and exports to clients in over 44 countries.

The £3.5m investment will allow Dodson & Horrell to focus upon the automation of the manufacturing process. New machines – to drive innovation in packaging, product flavour and texture – will help to improve productivity and open the business to new markets.

As a result of this, Dodson & Horrell is set to double its canine business in the next five years.

The management team at Dodson & Horrell aims to enhance the efficiency of its production processes and develop a more unified factory and distribution centre.

Previously working across two sites near Kettering, on completion of the project, the company will operate solely from the head office site at Kettering Road, Islip. The increased warehouse space will accommodate the increased volume of products needed to meet the demand from its customers.

Sam Horrell, CEO at Dodson & Horrell, commented: “The funding we’ve received from Lloyds Bank will allow us to continue to build on an already solid foundation, growing our brands as well as offering new customers more choice when it comes to animal nutrition.

“We’re continually looking at ways we can improve the range we offer and the service we provide to our customers, and we now have the ability to amplify this on a scale like never before.”

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