Bakkavor plans £20M factory extension and 270 new jobs

By Gwen Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

Food manufacturer seeks planning permission

Related tags: Manufacturing, Mass production

Chilled food manufacturer Bakkavor has submitted plans for a £20M extension of its factory in Nottinghamshire, with the potential to create up to 270 jobs.

If approved, the extension would create 220 new roles on the factory floor and 50 new office staff at the Jessops Way, Newark site.

Commenting on the planning application, a Bakkavor spokeswoman said: “This is an exciting time for Bakkavor Desserts as the business continues to grow.

“Our proposed investment will further enhance our capabilities as a leading desserts manufacturer and we anticipate that we will have a number of new jobs available in the second half of next year if this proposal goes ahead.”

Increase manufacturing capacity

Bakkavor’s proposal consists of a new extension to the rear of the site to increase manufacturing capacity, a new canteen facility with offices over at the front of the site and the installation of associated plant and machinery.

The investment would create £30M worth of sales for the company, claimed Bakkavor.

In its planning application, the company said: “Bakkavor is a large multi-national food preparation business and the site at Newark represents an important part of the dessert manufacturing arm of the company.

“There has been significant investment in the site over the years and the latest investment of £20M will see the company realise further growth and future potential areas of expansion in a very competitive marketplace.

‘Expansion in a very competitive marketplace’

The manufacturer said the extension would provide additional bakery and assembly areas. The new assembly equipment included four trifle assembly lines, a custard potting line and two choux pastry assembly lines.

Bakkavor’s application for planning permission comes less than four weeks after it put up its Welcome Foods factory in Huthwaite up for rent, after closing its doors in August with about 300 job losses.

Meanwhile, for the latest jobs in the food and drink industry, visit FoodManJobs.

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