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About Johnston & Jeff

Johnston & Jeff specializes in avian nutrition and is a manufacturer of bird seed and related products. The company offers a range of bird feeding solutions, including seeds and pellets for wild birds, parrots, parakeets, and aviary birds, as well as providing advice on bird welfare. They also produce bird feeding accessories such as bird tables, nest boxes, and housing for small animals. It is based in England, United Kingdom.

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England,

United Kingdom

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Bird feed expansion in East Yorkshire driven by Covid uptake in care and ownership

May 27, 2022

Bird feed expansion in East Yorkshire driven by Covid uptake in care and ownership Companion birds and looking after wild visitors is driving demand for Johnston & Jeff 16:25, 27 MAY 2022 Richard Johnston, managing director of Johnston & Jeff, in front of the company’s new blending plant at its Gilberdyke base. (Image: Red Stag Media) Sign up to FREE email alerts from BusinessLive - Yorkshire & Humber - a daily bulletin of the stories you need to see from around the region Something went wrong, please try again later.Invalid Email Subscribe We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribing!We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice East Yorkshire bird food manufacturer Johnston & Jeff is flying high with an investment that will see it increase production by 60 per cent. The company has installed a new blending plant at its Gilberdyke manufacturing site, as well as weighing equipment, in an investment totalling £384,000. It builds on a £1 million factory expansion completed two years ago for one of the UK’s leading bird seed suppliers. Richard Johnston, the fourth generation managing director at the 142-year-old firm, said the investment had been driven by increasing demand for higher quality, more nutritious blends. The coronavirus pandemic has played a role too, with 1.3 million UK households having acquired a bird in lockdown, as company was sought with more time to look after them. “Feeding wild birds, and companion bird ownership, increased significantly during the pandemic,” he said. “This has been driven by a lot of factors. With many people either working from home or being furloughed, they have had chance to reflect on what is important to them. Some concluded it is doing more to help nature and wildlife, others may have made the room and time for a pet they’ve always wanted. Some have done both. “Whichever it is, it is wonderful to see all types of birds being so popular with the public again. They are beautiful creatures to watch and engage with, and new generations are just beginning to learn that.” On the investment, supported with a £30,000 grant from Hull and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Mr Johnson said: “The new blending plant will be used specifically for parrot and aviary blends to achieve better blending of ingredients that vary in size and shape, and to ensure a clean, thorough mix. “This means we can dedicate our existing blending plant to making wild bird food, enabling us to increase running times and efficiency, while building on the product quality we’re renowned for. “By adding in a second shift and some ancillary equipment, we will be able to realise an increase in production capacity of 60 per cent, helping us to grow market share in our core business areas.” Steps are also being taken to increase product sustainability. The business has introduced paper sacks for some of its most popular lines, and cardboard ‘eco-boxes’ for its dried mealworms, calciworms, and its special new bugs, grubs, and worms mix, significantly reducing the amount of plastic it uses as well as making its packaging more easily recyclable. The LEP tapped into the Getting Building Fund programme, secured as part of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse backing. Keep up-to-date with all the latest developments - follow BusinessLive Humber on Twitter and LinkedIn . Read More

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