Bakkavor creates 150 roles at Scottish salads factory

By Gwen Ridler

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Bakkavor are to create 150 jobs in Bo'ness
Bakkavor are to create 150 jobs in Bo'ness

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Prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor is to create 150 new jobs at its salad processing site in Bo’ness, Scotland.

The new roles include temporary and permanent positions across a range of shifts on a full time and part time basis. Already this year, the site has recruited 100 new employees, creating a total of 250 new jobs in 2021.

Bakkavor’s latest round of recruitment followed a string of new jobs created across the business this year, including 150 new roles at its Tilmanstone salad factory.

New jobs across the business

At the start of the year, the manufacturer created 127 new permanent jobs at its Highbridge site, including production operatives, hygiene operatives, forklift truck operatives and dispatch operatives.

Kirk Connor, general manager – operations, at Bakkavor Salads Bo’ness said the jobs would contribute to the economic health of the local community at a critical time.

“Aside from good rates of pay and real opportunities to progress and develop skills, we offer new joiners benefits including a stakeholder pension and life insurance cover, as well as heavily discounted food products from our site staff shop,” ​said Connor.

“We are delighted to be creating significant employment opportunities at a very challenging time for the local economy and this marks a great opportunity for people to join us as we continue to grow the business.”

Premium salads

Bakkavor Salads Bo’ness specialises in making premium salad and vegetable products for some of the UK’s largest grocery retailers and has been a major employer in the area for over 40 years.

The site has remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in a bid to keep supermarket shelves stocked. 

Meanwhile, sausage maker Heck has doubled capacity and created 20 new​ jobs as part of a £3.5m expansion of its Kirklington, North Yorkshire factory.

The announcement of the company’s investment in production coincides with Warburtons revealing it was investing £56m to boost manufacturing and distribution capabilities​​​ to manage increased demand across the UK.

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