Firm behind famous 'Iron Bru' pakora granted permission to ramp up production with new factory in Ayr

Punjab Pakora owners Kushal and Vinita Duggal, along with staff previously celebrate the company's move to larger premises on Crown Street, Ayr
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The Ayr firm behind Aldi’s ‘Iron Brew’ flavoured pakora has been granted permission to ramp up its production with a new factory site in the Heathfield Industrial Estate.

Family-run firm, Punjab Pakora, had previously identified a site within the estate on which to build a new factory and scale their business up. In a planning application to South Ayrshire Council they requested permission to build a new “bespoke” manufacturing facility as demand for their products grows.

Agents in the proposals are LMA Architects in Ayr, who represent the applicant, Mr Dhruv Duggal. Ayrshire Live can reveal that the firm has won approval.

The agents said in a supporting statement: “Punjab Pakora are a local award-winning business who are approaching their tenth year in operating in Ayr, with demand for their products seeing the firm look to expand their premises in 2024 and double their workforce.

“Director Vinita Duggal, who runs Punjab Pakora with her husband Kushal and their three children, have aspirations to grow the business further and having moved three times over the past 10 years, now need a permanent, fit-for purpose facility.”

The agents also go on to say that the Scottish-inspired Indian dish is currently made in Crown Street in Newton-On-Ayr, who supply their selection of pakoras - including chicken, vegetable and haggis - to Aldi, Sainsburys and Iceland.

The business, which operates with a 42-strong workforce, also produces curry products. Aldi Scotland sold over three million pieces of pakora in 2022 - thanks to its partnership with the Duggal family.

The proposals also sought to create a new access from the unclassified road which is already formed within the industrial estate (behind Dingbro) and include parking facilities at vacant land on Whitfield Drive. Plans show a production area, reception, boxing area, pallet wrap area, office space, WC’s, staff area and more.

The applicants also hoped that a “small element” of on-site retail would be permitted from the reception area on a “drop-in basis” but would be limited to something like their current set-up.

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