In a bid to combat rising energy costs, Premier Foods is considering using wind turbines to power some of its production plants, the Guardian newspaper has reported.

The report claims that the UK-based food manufacturer, known for its Branston pickle and Quorn meat alternative brands, is seeking its own means of powering its factories after growing oil costs forced the group to increase the price of its products.

The Guardian reported that the CEO of Premier, Robert Schofield, said the company is examining its current energy usage and looking at the possibility of using combined heat and power, where the company recycles its own energy. Mr Schofield added this was not previously viable when oil prices were at a lower level.

The group claims to be working on a proposal to install wind masts at one or two of its plants in eastern England within the next year.

The news comes after Premier posted a 123% increase in half-year profits to GBP27.9 million, following strong sales of Quorn.