In 2010, Borderfields approached us looking for a production partner with the filling capacity, filtration technology and expertise to help it fulfil its first big orders for quality British-grown cold pressed food oils from major retailers.
Founded in 2004 by a collective of Northumberland farmers, Borderfields had rapidly grown to be the UK market leader for cold pressed oils as a growing number of consumers chose to purchase this healthier alternative to other cooking oils.
However as orders increased, the company needed a partner that could handle its entire production process, from pressing to packaging. The company’s previous supplier did not have the filtration systems required to process the large volumes it required, meaning time was being lost during the production process.
“The switchover was seamless and the production team are experts in pressing, filtration and filling, so we’ve never had to worry about the quality of our finished products. The size and scope for growth at Phoenix was phenomenal.”
(Tilly Fuller – sales, marketing and PR for Borderfields)
We were able to offer state-of-the-art facilities that are capable of processing, filling and packaging cold pressed oils at one single location; we modernised the production process to make every hour count.
This is achieved through the continuous processing of the cold pressed oil using a multi-tank rotation system. After the seed oil has been pressed it is kept in a holding tank and our bespoke fully-automated filter takes unfiltered oil from this tank and filters it down to 1 micron of impurity before pumping it into two holding tanks.
The system is cleaned automatically using compressed air when required; meanwhile, the first holding tank continues to be filled by our three presses, which are the largest in Europe for cold pressed oils.
Our technical expertise has helped Borderfields increases its annual output from 100,000 to 900,000 units between 2010 and 2014. Its products can be now found on the shelves of Aldi, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Morrisons, as well as in Tesco stores in Scotland and the North East.