Mumtaz Foods has started construction on a new multi-million pound facility at Legrams Lane, Bradford. The 3,252m2 production unit, expected to be completed at the end of this year, will produce ready meals, finger food lines, Indian yogurt drinks and ethnic desserts.
Planning permission for the new facility was granted by Bradford’s planning panel earlier this month.
Director of Mumtaz Foods, Bilal Akbar told FoodManufacture.co.uk: “The site will make us one of the biggest producers in the UK. We have every intention of continuing to grow in order to become the biggest.” Akbar added that the investment would allow the firm to become a “global force in the Asian food market”.
Own-label products will dominate production at the new plant. Akbar said: “The bulk of the volumes will come from supermarket own-label production. Two major retailers are keen for Mumtaz to manufacture their own-label ethnic meals.”
But the firm will also continue to produce some foods under its own brand, he said. “Mumtaz branded meals and finger lines are currently listed with all major retailers. The new facility will considerably increase capacity to meet that demand.”
The firm plans to relocate several other production units and warehousing facilities to the site, which will also include 1,394m2 of warehouse space.
When operational, the facility will employ a further 250 local people in addition to jobs relocated from other sites. The total will increase to 500 new jobs over the next three years as production grows, said Akbar.
Councillor David Green, Bradford Council executive member for regeneration and economy, said: "In the present economic climate all new jobs and businesses are very welcome, so we wish this venture every success. We hope the plant can be up and running as soon as possible to aid the regeneration of the city's economy."
In addition to being the official supplier of ethnic foods to MUFC, celebrity fans of Mumtaz meals - also sold through a chain of restaurants in Bradford - include and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister David Cameron Amir Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Dawn French, according to the firm.
Mumtaz also manufactures a line of baby foods and runs two factories in the Bradford area.
It also plans to start selling cereals, baby juices and milk powders in the near future.