Anpario plc, the international producer and distributor of natural animal feed additives for animal health, nutrition and biosecurity, has announced its sales in the six months to 30 June 2019 were in line with the equivalent period in 2018. Sales were reported at £14.3m in 2019 compared to £14.8m in 2018. Profit before tax rose to £2.3m from £2.2m
“The impact of African Swine Fever in China and the surrounding region and the US-China trade dispute created tougher trading conditions than during this period last year,” said Anpario chief executive Richard Edwards. “However, although this affected our business in Asia, this was offset by the very strong recovery in our Latin American and Middle East markets and our continuing progress in the US. These positive trends highlight the benefit of our geographic diversity and the underlying strength of the business.”
Anpario has also announced the opening of its new £1million, fully automated, bottling plant at its Manton Wood facility in Nottinghamshire, UK.
The new plant will enable Anpario to produce its liquid products with greater flexibility in production, allowing them to respond to customer demands more efficiently, whilst providing total accuracy and consistency. The new plant will also give the company a built-in capacity for growth and enable it to offer bottling services to other companies.
“We made this investment primarily to cater for the increasing demand for Orego-Stim Liquid, our 100 per cent natural oregano essential oil liquid product, which is now being sold in more than 33 countries across the world,” said Anpario chief executive Richard Edwards. “It will also support Anpario Direct where our customers often require smaller package liquid products applied at farm level and allow us to process our other liquid products such as our market leading acid-based eubiotic brands Salgard and Salkil, and Optomega, our omega 3 formulation used for dairy cow fertility and egg enrichment.”
The new plant, which is the result of a two year project, can bottle liquid products into standard 1L round neck or dosing bottles of either 1L or 0.5L. It has a throughput of over 2,000 bottles per hour and complements the previous investments the company has put into automating its production and warehousing facilities.