Construction work has started on a state-of-the-art mustard mill which will retain Norwich’s proud and historic links with the Colman’s brand.

The new facility, near the A47 west of the city, will be the only one of its kind in Europe – and the first major tenant at the Norwich Food Enterprise Park, which is beginning to take shape near Easton.

It marks the start of a new chapter for Colman’s after its manufacturer, Unilever, was forced to look for a new home when drinks firm Britvic announced it was leaving the two companies’ shared site at Carrow Works in October 2017.

While that will end Colman’s 160-year association with the site when it closes later this year, it also galvanised the region’s mustard and mint growers to find a way to preserve their long-standing relationship with the famous brand – prompting the formation of a new farming consortium called Condimentum.

And the 10-year supply deal between Condimentum and Unilever was celebrated at a ground-breaking ceremony which also marked the start of construction work on the 25,000sqft milling facility which is due to be completed by the end of 2019