Soya milk company 'hopes to expand' in Burton Latimer
Managers of a Northamptonshire soya milk factory have said they hope to expand their base in the county despite moving some staff to Birmingham.
The Belgian-owned company Alpro have been based in Burton Latimer, near Kettering, for 10 years.
The sales and marketing team were recently moved to new offices in Birmingham.
UK marketing director John Allaway said they "needed to make space for their expansion".
Alpro has grown in Burton Latimer from 25 employees a decade ago to around 100 today.
The factory produces fresh and long-life cartons of soya milk.
The soya beans are grown in China, Brazil and southern Europe. A factory in Belgium removes the husks before the beans are shipped to Northamptonshire.
At the Burton Latimer plant the beans are converted into milk. Vitamins and calcium are added before the milk is sterilized and then packaged.
Mr Allaway said that a decade ago soya products were mainly bought by vegans and people with an intolerance for dairy foods.
"Today our products are consumed by people that are looking for healthy alternatives," he said.
Alpro says that soya products are consumed by three million households in the UK. That is compared to 26 million households who eat or drink dairy products.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to convert those households to buying soya products," said Mr Allaway.