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 Food Manufacture: “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.”
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.