Samworth Brothers boosts ready meals operation

By Rod Addy

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Brooksby Foods grew out of Samworth Brothers' Kettleby Foods operation
Brooksby Foods grew out of Samworth Brothers' Kettleby Foods operation
Samworth Brothers plans to invest £10.1M in its Brooksby Foods unit in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, in the next three years, having bought a 2,973m2 plant adjacent to an existing factory there.

A spokeswoman for the chilled foods firm told the factory it had just acquired was previously not a food factory, but a “light industrial facility”.

As a consequence, the company aims to invest an initial £3.1M in converting it and making it fit for purpose. New features will involve a test kitchen for developing and trialling new products.

Samworth Brothers has also declared plans to invest a further £7M in the operation over three years to grow the business once the new site is up and running. As part of the growth strategy, it intends to recruit 50 staff this year and another 100 after that.


Brooksby Foods was established towards the end of last year as a spin-off from Samworth Brothers’ Kettleby Foods ready meals division and is run by md Ian Arnold.

It makes ready meals for top supermarket chains including Tesco and Morrisons and now wants to branch out into fried and breaded products such as chicken kievs and fishcakes.

Brooksby Foods has an existing factory in Pate Road, Melton Mowbray, half a mile from the main Kettleby Foods site, and currently employs 215 people.

700 jobs

At the beginning of this year, Samworth Brothers announced​ separate plans to create up to 700 jobs at a new factory at Ashton Green in Leicestershire.

That factory is being built on a 50,000m2​ greenfield plot of land close to Samworth Brothers’ Bradgate Bakery and Walkers Charnwood Bakery units.

At the time, a spokesman for Leicester City Council told “The [land] deal has been struck on the condition that planning permission would be granted for a production facility.”

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