Littles Ltd. – Setting up a new production line
A family business, trading high quality instant coffee, used EAFRD support to expand its business by installing a new more efficient production line.
Little’s Ltd is a family business, which has been trading in instant coffee for over 30 years. The company has evolved and looked to move with the trends in flavoured coffees. The project was needed to expand an existing business by supplying products to an expanding market in flavoured coffees.
Their production line was only able to handle 50g size jars. There was demand in the market for own label instant coffee, requiring 100g jars. A new production line was purchased which was more efficient, products could be filled 50% faster and it could handle the 100g jars.
A new decaffeinated product range was launched.
Three new full time jobs were created including one operator role, one administrative role and one marketing role. They also hired one part-time operative and a consultant General Manager.
The company’s production is now certified ‘Organic and Fairtrade’.
Sales increased from £1.4m in 2018 to £1.6m in 2019 and are expected to increase to £1.8m in 2020, to £2m in 2021 and £2.2m in 2022.