Eight jobs created at Berwick cereal firm

SBBN (L-R) Silvery Tweed Cereals' managing director Bob Gladstone with shift supervisor Stephen''Grey inside one part of the newly upgraded factory.
SBBN (L-R) Silvery Tweed Cereals' managing director Bob Gladstone with shift supervisor Stephen''Grey inside one part of the newly upgraded factory.

Berwick-based Silvery Tweed Cereals has completed a major factory investment programme to boost capacity and create jobs.

The £1.5 million programme includes new plant and equipment, and has also so far created eight new full time roles.

The six month project, partly funded by the Regional Growth Fund, delivered by Arch, included the installation of a new automated packing line and robot pallet system.

As one of the longest established family businesses in the industry, Silvery Tweed Cereals continues to be family owned and managed – a status it has maintained through 172 years in business. Today the company processes raw grains at its 40,000 sq ft factory – most of which come from a 40 mile radius in the Borders – , as well as cleaning and blending seeds, for supply into cereal and bakery products.

Managing director Bob Gladstone said: “Our latest investment programme will make a real difference to the way we operate and we’re really pleased to have been able to create permanent new jobs in the process.

“It’s vital that we continue to invest in the latest plant and technology to both maintain our excellent reputation within the food industry and seize the growth opportunities as consumer tastes evolve. Our cereal and bakery ingredients are supplied into many of the UK’s top food and drink brands, as well as own-label products of the major retailers, so we must stay at the top of our game when it comes to the efficiency and safety of our processes.”