McCormick opts for EPP ingredient storage solution

European Process Plant Ltd (EPP) has installed a multi-million-pound ingredient storage solution at McCormick EMEA’s new UK manufacturing site in Peterborough, with Shick Esteve dry powder silos and liquid tanks forming an essential component of the condiment manufacturing process.

Headquartered in Baltimore, USA, McCormick & Company Inc is the largest spice company in the world and a leader in the manufacture, marketing and distribution of spices, seasonings, condiments and flavours to the entire food industry. The organisation’s household flavour brands include Schwartz, Frank’s RedHot and French’s. Its UK business customers include some of the largest food service outlets in the territory.

EPP installed a series of Shick Esteve dry powder silos for storage of ingredients such as starches, sugar and salt. A further series of stainless steel liquid tanks were installed to store liquid additions before processing. The 93,000m² site will employ approximately 300 people and it is on track to become McCormick’s first Net Zero Carbon Building, using the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Framework.

“We have been very pleased with the work from EPP on this important aspect of the project, and our ‘factory of the future’ in Peterborough has progressed well, as we seek future growth of our Flavour Solutions,” says Clive Knott, project manager, McCormick. “A project of this size and scale requires great attention to detail, and the excellent relationship we have established with EPP has been a real asset throughout. We are proud to have used the latest manufacturing technology to deliver class-leading performance.”

Shick Esteve outdoor silos are made in-house from weather resistant aluminium alloy which is maintenance-free and their appearance does not deteriorate over time. In addition to the storage system, EPP installed a bespoke Shick Esteve solution to deliver stored ingredients to the process kitchens, where product is made. EPP also installed a minor ingredients system to transport additional ingredients when required.

“Having a local UK representation and service team was very important to McCormick for this project,” says Michael Lomas, technical sales manager, EPP. “It was an especially challenging project given it occurred during the pandemic when travel wasn’t possible, so we were unable to physically meet, or inspect the equipment in person as we would usually do on a visit. Thankfully, McCormick was able to call on visual guidance technology which allowed Shick Esteve employees to show the equipment for inspection remotely via live video before it was shipped to the UK. We’re thrilled that McCormick has been pleased with the work so far, and we are excited to play our part in its ambitious plans.”

For further information on the products supplied, installed and maintained by EPP, please contact Steve Merritt, telephone 01372 745558 or email

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