LINCOLNSHIRE, England – Tulip Ltd., a unit of Danish Crown, plans to increase production capacity at its Ruskington processing plant in Lincolnshire in the east of England.

The company will invest £8 million ($12.9 million) in the project, which will increase the plant floor size by approximately 25 percent. Work already has begun on expanding the production floor to accommodate a new production line. Future projects include upgrades to existing power, waste and refrigeration plants.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for all involved in the Ruskington business, the planned investment is testament to the hard work and commitment everyone has shown and will ensure that we can further strengthen our position as an industry leader in the production of fried savory products for the retail market whilst providing us with the opportunity to grow our existing foodservice customer base,” said Phil Wheatcroft, site director. “When the work is complete it will increase our current production capacity by 20 percent as well as create up to 45 new full time jobs, which will be of great benefit to the local community.”

The Ruskington plant is the largest supplier of Scotch eggs and cocktail sausages for retail outlets in the United Kingdom. The expansion will help the company meet growing demand for savory fried food products. Tulip expects the project to be completed by April 2015. The expansion will eventually lead to an additional 40 to 45 new full-time jobs.