All Eyes on the Pies As Major Investment Project Completes

April 2018

Pork Farms Addo

Lorien Engineering Solutions has completed a major refurbishment for the UK’s leading pork pie brand.

Addo Food Group enlisted the help of Burton on Trent based Lorien to augment manufacturing facilities at its Tottle Bakery in Nottingham, a specialist pork pie bakery that sits within the PGI-designated Melton Mowbray pork pie region.

Lorien was appointed as designer and project manager for the 12-month multi-million pound project, which has seen manufacturing areas further enhanced to meet the large-scale needs of a major UK multiple. The works were completed with zero production downtime.

Tottle Bakery is the only UK manufacturer with process capability in every type of pork pie manufacturing, whether it is baked in a hoop, tin or freestanding.

The flagship facility makes and distributes over 40 million pork pies each year, with a heritage that stretches back to the 1940s, when local lad Ken Parr took out a loan to open his first bakery.

Today, the business is an integral part of Addo Food Group, the UK’s premium producer of chilled savoury pastry products. The Tottle Bakery is the home of the Pork Farms and Bowyers brands and is one of six Addo Food Group business locations around the UK.

The year-long investment project, led by a team of specialist utilities engineers from Lorien, reaffirms Tottle Bakery’s position at the forefront of FMCG manufacture and signifies the Group’s commitment to meeting the needs of the UK’s major multiples.

Phil Colquhoun, senior project manager at Lorien Engineering Solutions, said: “We have been delighted to work closely with the technical team at Addo Food Group in bringing a major project such as this to completion on time, within budget, and with no production downtime.”

Tony Ombler, general manager of the Tottle Bakery, added: “From the outset it was clear that Lorien is accustomed to integrating seamlessly with in house teams and project managing the entire process from start to finish. It took the pressure off our internal resources and allowed our focus to remain entirely on production. This was a demanding project and the team at Lorien rose to the challenge.”

Lorien is a division of GP Strategies Corporation, a global engineering and technical services organisation headquartered in Maryland USA. Based in Burton on Trent in the UK and Wroclaw in Poland, Lorien specialises in capital projects for household names in sectors such as food and drink, brewing, life sciences, biotech, safety and compliance, advanced manufacturing and retail supply chain logistics.