The site at Stockley Close in West Drayton will help Street Eats boost its manufacturing capability three-fold, the firm claimed.
The firm’s current factory in Chester is operating at almost full capacity, as it continues to win new business, its ceo Paul Bates said.
Opening up a factory in the south would also help Street Eats develop a nationwide distribution model and respond to its southern clients’ needs, he added.
Strong platform for growth
“The new factory represents a very significant investment and really serves to underline the commitment of our investment partners to developing the Street Eats food-to-go business,” he said.
“Stockley Close is ideally located, just off the M4 and M25 and within minutes of Heathrow and this fantastic new facility gives us a very strong platform for growth over the years ahead.”
Work to fit out the brand new 40,000m2 environmentally friendly factory will begin later this month and is expected to be completed by spring, he added.
The majority of the volume will be generated through a number of key business wins, Bates claimed.
300 roles likely
A number of appointments had already been made with the site in mind, with up 300 roles likely to be required at the site, Bates said.
“We ultimately envisage creating around 300 new jobs at the new factory and have already made some key appointments so that we can have the new management team in place by the end of Q1 [first quarter] to ensure we really hit the ground running when we begin manufacturing at the beginning of June,” he said.
Street Eats is owned by PK Food Concepts and currently supplies high street food inspired hot and cold food to go to the UK foodservice market.
Along with its sister brand Pasta King, the company currently employs around 400 people at its manufacturing operations in Chester and Newton Abbot in Devon.
Meanwhile, last November Morrisons took on the sandwich chains with a pledge to make its own sandwiches, in a bid to claim a bigger slice of the £2.8bn market.