Addo Food Group boosts jobs at Palethorpes bakery

By Rod Addy contact

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Addo Food Group makes chilled pastry products including pork pies, quiches and sausage rolls
Addo Food Group makes chilled pastry products including pork pies, quiches and sausage rolls

Related tags: Bakery, Training & recruitment

Addo Food Group is expanding operations at its Palethorpes bakery at Market Drayton in Shropshire, creating 65 new roles to deliver new product development and respond to increased demand for savoury products.

The company said it was launching the recruitment drive to support business growth, which had partly been driven by consumer trends fuelled by the coronavirus pandemic. It confirmed that it was looking to recruit employees with all levels of experience into posts such as line operative, pack operative, machine minders, fridge operatives and support operatives.

Addo Food Group announced plans to close its Spalding site and transfer production to its Poole and Palethorpes bakeries in July last year​. The business aims to shut the plant in September.

“Coronavirus has impacted so many hospitality businesses within the UK and many workers from restaurants, pubs and bars across the country have found themselves out of work,"​ said Deborah Bolton, chief executive officer of Addo Food Group, who was appointed to the role in February 2019​.

'Difficult time for small businesses'

"We’re pleased to be able to offer positions within our Palethorpes site which may help ease the financial pressure that a lot of people now find themselves in. It’s a really difficult time for small businesses and we must help where we can until the economy is back on track.  

“The roles are suitable for any candidate who has the right ambitions. Previous experience within the food manufacturing industry isn’t essential as full training will be provided for all roles.” 

The 65 roles available would be involved in the whole process of product manufacturing within the bakery, the company confirmed.

Addo Food Group has five manufacturing sites across the UK and produces a range of pork pies, quiches, savoury pies, sausage rolls, pasties and slices and scotch eggs for major retailers, as well as category-leading brands Wall’s Pastry and Pork Farms.

Related topics: Bakery, People & Skills, COVID-19

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