Our new factory is open!

celebrating the launch of our new factory

On Monday, we officially opened our brand new 70,000 sqft factory based in Okehampton, right on the edge of Dartmoor National park in the heart of Devon. Our new home will support our ambition to become the UK’s leading natural pet food manufacturer and is set to increase our 130-strong local production team to 150 over the next few years.

Since Forthglade was established in 1971, we've been based just 12 miles from our new site, in Winkleigh, Devon. Our Devon roots are important to us and we were very lucky to find a site nearby to our original home, for our new purpose-built factory. Our new factory will help us to meet the high demand of our four-legged fans across the country, and increasingly - around the world! Last year we produced 40million healthy meals for dogs, and we hope to be able to double this in our new home.

With local building expertise from Devon Contractors Ltd, the development took 15 months to complete. Our new factory will ensure the highest standards of quality and food safety, as well as improve our green credentials with the use of recyclable white trays and sleeves, recycling water and by using excess steam from the production process to also heat our offices.

Forthglade’s Joint Managing Director's, Chris Brooking and Gerard Lovell, both with a background in food production, took over our once struggling business in 2011, and have been a driving force behind it's successful turnaround, increasing production fourfold and creating an additional 71 local jobs. Today our 100% natural dinners for dogs are sold in major supermarkets including Waitrose, Sainsburys, Morrison’sand Tesco, as well as UK pet shops, online and exporting oversees to 11 countries.

“We’ve been planning the development of the factory for over five years now, so it’s fantastic to officially open it. Throughout the project we’ve received incredible support from Devon County Council, whilst Devon Contractors Ltd ensured a smooth build and seamless transition from the old Winkleigh factory to our new Okehampton home.

We were keen to keep the factory in Devon to retain as many of our staff as possible, in fact we’ve kept almost 100% of them and soon the team will be growing again, as the sector of premium natural meals and treats for dogs continues to see huge growth."

Gerard Lovell, Joint MD, Forthglade.

To find out more about our recent factory launch, click on the image below to read our feature in The Times from Tuesday 27th November 2018.

To celebrate the launch, we donated over 6,000 meals to three local Devon charities, who look after dogs; Veterans With Dogs, ARC - Animal Rescue Centre and The Blue Cross.

Veterans With Dogs is a local charity dedicated to providing highly trained dogs to both current and former members of the British Armed Forces, who are suffering with service-related mental health conditions.

“It’s been wonderful to receive such a generous donation from Forthglade, it will really help nourish our young pups, many of whom are just starting their training before they go off and help transform a veterans life. Being a local Okehampton resident myself, it’s been fascinating watching the factory develop and of course wonderful to see so many jobs created as a result of Forthglade’s success." Said Craig Maclellan, founder of Veterans With Dogs.

To find out more about Veterans With Dogs click here.

ARC - Animal Rescue Centre was founded in 1972 and is based in Ottery St Mary, Devon. The charity originally aimed to care for stray dogs and was managed by two ambitious ladies from their homes. Today the charity has a dedicated site containing sixteen kennels, an ancillary building and employs four full-time, and two part-time staff near Exeter.

To find out more about ARC - Animal Rescue Centre click here .

The Blue Cross rehomes around 300 dogs each year, and are always incredibly humbled by the number of generous donations of money and goods they receive to help pets in their care, but of course, they are always in need of more help to support the fantastic work that they do. Looking after over 800 pets a year is extremely costly so the donations they receive are invaluable in helping to continue the vital work they're doing for homeless pets.

To find out more about Blue Cross click here .

Monday 26th November 2018