Frozen seafood manufacturer Whitby Seafoods has doubled its production speed by installing a new packaging and distribution line from processing and packaging equipment provider, tna.

The investment has enabled it to meet rising consumer demand by providing additional capacity and better integration between systems, helping to save time.

A recent rebrand has meant that the company updated its packaging design, with new pack sizes ranging from between 200-300g in a standard pillow bag format. It therefore required a flexible packaging and distribution system that would allow it to expand its product portfolio and allow efficient product changes and integration with existing elements of the production line.

It chose to install the tnarobag 3ci – a vertical FFS packaging machine. Simon Hill, regional sales manager at tna, said: “Packaging line speed is crucial to maintaining food safety with frozen foods like seafood. While the two existing production lines operate at 70 bags per minute, the new line works comfortably at 140, effectively doubling product throughput. This now helps Whitby Seafoods to ensure products are processed as quickly as possible.”