Samworth Brothers factory expansion proposals approved

By James Ridler contact

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Plans to expand Samworth's Bradgate Bakery in Leicester have been approved, paving the way for 150 new roles
Plans to expand Samworth's Bradgate Bakery in Leicester have been approved, paving the way for 150 new roles
Samworth Brothers has won approval to expand its Bradgate Bakery in Leicester from the local council, paving the way for a potential 150 new jobs in the future.

The proposals would see a single-storey extension of the site at Ashton Green on Bennion Road, adding 4,000m2 ​of floor space to the factory to aid the “rapid progressive growth of the business”.

Also included in the plans was additional production space for ingredients processing and finished goods packing, as well as a chill space. Samworth also included an option for additional production space in the future.

A spokesman for Samworth told FoodManufacture: ​“We are not looking to progress this project at the moment. We are ensuring we have the right approvals in place in case of future business needs.”

1,500 employees

The Ashton Green site opened in September 2014, manufacturing sandwiches and salads, and has a large warehousing and despatch capability. Bradgate employs more than 1,500 staff members across the Ashton Green and Madeline Road sites.

This month also saw Samworth launch a rebrand of its Sci-MX Pro 2Go range of healthy snack bars, supported by a new advertising campaign highlighting the health and taste credentials of the product.

A number of food and drink businesses have made investments in their manufacturing facilities over the past couple of months.

Last week, Rochdale-based Lancashire Farm Dairies has completed a £3.5m investment​ in a new plant, doubling its processing capacity in response to increasing product demand.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland processor Finnebrogue is to create up to 125 new roles, thanks to a £17m investment in its nitrite-free bacon facility​.

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