The 418 metres squared expansion will see cake manufacturing move into the new facility, while the existing Dykehead Bakery will focus solely on pastry manufacturing.
Md Ronnie Miles said: “The investment in a dedicated cake bakery is the latest in a programme of capital expenditure and new product development across our sweet, savoury and pastry businesses.
“Subject to the scope of redevelopment work required, we hope to have it fully operational by Christmas 2018.”
Doubling its pastry production capacity
Bells’s bakery expansion plans followed a £3.6M investment in doubling its pastry production capacity at Dykehead and the creation of Bells Professional Pastry. The new business is focused on the manufacture and supply of high-quality pastry, claimed the company.
Commenting on the expansion, Councillor Jim Logue, leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “This is superb news and we wish Bells every success with their investment plans and their ambitions to grow the business and create new employment.
“When I became leader I made it clear that I wanted North Lanarkshire to be seen as a place that is open for business and this announcement by Bells illustrates perfectly the vision I have for businesses to flourish in our area.”
Bells said a planning application to support the redevelopment of the former council depot into a dedicated cake bakery was likely to be submitted in spring next year.
Put its faith in our community
Councillor Thomas Cochrane added: “The investment by Bells is very welcome and it’s fantastic to see a national brand such as this put its faith in our community.
“It has been my pleasure working with Bells and the council to facilitate the sale that will enable the company to expand within the town. I hope the company continues to go from strength to strength.”
Meanwhile, last year, Food Manufacture visited Bells Food Group as part of our Me and My Factory feature in the magazine.
Watch our exclusive video interview with md Ronnie Miles, as he talks about the company’s £3.6M investment and how it would boost sales for the business.