Hunter Safety Group have been appointed as Health and Safety consultants at innocent’s brand-new carbon-neutral factory in the Netherlands, called The Blender. 

Staff from both Hunter Safety UK and Hunter Safety Netherlands have been fundamental in supporting the safe design of the factory from project inception in 2019, as well as working closely with innocent to produce the health and safety systems required to run it safely, ready for the expected opening in mid-2021. 

Hunters team of experts are currently on site managing the construction safety of the build and process installation, ensuring the highest possible standards are met. They are also responsible for the management of all contractors and subsequent due diligence, as well as implementing a health and safety culture throughout the business, which sits in-line with innocent’s values.

A health and wellbeing campaign has also been delivered which encouraged employees to ‘Wake up to Safety’ in a series of breakfast training sessions. 

The factory, known as the blender, is located on the Port of Rotterdam and is the first of its kind in the world. It will be the top of the class in sustainability and will allow innocent to produce over 400 million bottles of chilled juice per year as well as creating around 190 jobs.

The blender also includes an automated warehouse and state of the art welfare facilities, maximising the opportunity to reduce carbon miles and put production as close as possible to where ingredients arrive, therefore taking miles off the road and reducing the carbon footprint. innocent will be making approximately 60% of their bottles at this factory.

Katie Hunter, Managing Director at Hunter Safety Group said: “We are delighted to be working alongside innocent as a Key Partner on this ground-breaking project. innocents eco-credentials and sustainability targets are second to none, a premise which is very important to us here at Hunter.

“Despite the difficult climate we have all been operating in for the last few months, the Hunter team, alongside Integrated Food Projects, were still able to provide a seamless service with the highest levels of safety achieved. In addition, we took on the management of innocent’s COVID-19 policy ensuring firstly that the workforce were kept safe and secondly able to function throughout the pandemic.”

This project is being carried out with Top Sector Energy subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.