Foodservice demand for ready meals grows

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The Authentic Food Company plans to expand capacity at its rice and snacks and ready meals plants to keep pace with strong growth driven by restaurant and pub chains, according to its md, Nik Basran.

"We are expanding existing capacity at two sites and have created the opportunity to extend both,"​ said Basran. He identified the two sites being expanded as the firm's rice and snacks factory at Stockport in Cheshire and its ready meals facility at its headquarters at Sharston Green Business Park, Manchester.

In particular, Basran said: "Our ready meals site currently makes 600,000 ready meals a week and we want to grow this by 35%. We are not looking for just top line growth. It's about delivering quality in the long term and building strong, long-term partnerships with existing customers. The last thing we want to do is buy lots of capacity that we then struggle to fill."

The ethnic foods specialist, which makes meals for foodservice operators and retailers, was looking to add significantly to its ready meal ranges later this year, Basran said. "We are working on bespoke development and, with Indian meals, our chefs are trained in India to get the quality right."

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