Stoats, an oats company, has announced it is opening a new factory in the south of Edinburgh as part of a major expansion plan.

The move will allow the company to increase manufacture of Stoats porridge oat bars, of which it currently produces over nine million bars per year.

The 22,000 sq. ft. facility at Bilston Glen Industrial Estate in Loanhead, will become the new headquarters for 40 staff initially across bakery, sales, marketing and operations.

Managing Director at Stoats, Tony Stone said: “We have come a long way since I began baking porridge bars in our family kitchen over 12 years ago.  We’re really thrilled to be opening our own factory, where we can invest more in developing new products in both existing and new categories, as well as own label products.  The new factory gives us the opportunity to realise our ambitious plans, including increasing distribution across the UK and internationally.  We can be more agile in our approach and we’re better placed to meet the demands of retailers and consumers.”