The business is to install a second production line at the facility, which manufactures breaded and battered chicken for its foodservice customers. The 80 new roles available include engineering team leaders, multi-skilled shift engineers and production operatives. The additional roles will bring the facility’s workforce to 250 people.
To support the recruitment drive, Cargill is working with Job Centre Plus and Wolverhampton City College, as well as further community partners to “educate and engage the local community in relation to what a career in food manufacturing can offer”.
The facility will also be home to the launch of a new learning and development programme, through the utilisation of its healthy apprenticeship levy fund and with the support of the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink later this year.
Jon Lauritzen, commercial director, said: “We have built a sustainable chicken supply chain with our trusted partners to provide our Wolverhampton site with whole chicken breast fillets to make breaded and battered products for our loyal foodservice customers. Our further investment of £35m will ensure we maintain our reputation as a ‘best in class’ facility.”
In January, Cargill unveiled details of its joint venture with Faccenda. Avara Foods is a 50:50 shared ownership between the two businesses that combines their chicken, turkey and duck divisions.