Leading UK supplier of packaged oils Edible Oils Limited (EOL) has announced the completion of the £24M (US$29.4M) renovation of its Erith site in London.

The investment programme involved the installation of bottling lines for cooking oils and an upgrade to the oil tank farm, EOL said in the 14 June statement.

As well as increasing overall production capacity at the plant by around 50%, the project has enabled EOL to produce five litre bottles on site for the first time, the company said.

“The investment has significantly boosted our production capabilities and capacity, and we have been able to lightweight certain bottles, which will eliminate around 90 tonnes of plastic every year,” EOL managing director Mark Church said.

EOL is a 50/50 joint venture between leading UK food and drink group Princes Ltd and global agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and is a leading producer of branded and own brand packaged oils for the retail sector.

The hub of EOL’s cooking oil production, the Erith site supplies over 100M litres/year and bottles the Crisp‘n’Dry, Flora and Mazola Corn Oil brands.

Erith is integrated with the nearby refinery complex and also packs corn, rapeseed and sunflower oils for customer own brands.