British Bakels has announced a major investment programme to upgrade its Bicester site.
Officials at the bakery ingredients company explained that the money will go towards a new plant, equipment and premises at the facility which will cost £2.5 million to complete. Paul Morrow, managing director, told FoodManufacture.co.uk that it means that overall investment will be taken to over £20 million since the 1990s. The latest move is designed to ensure that the company will be able to produce an innovative range of ingredients to be sold to retailers across the UK for years to come.
British Bakels unveiled the development plans which will see phase one consist of the introduction of five new line of plant and equipment. The second stage will see a presentation bakery and warehouse extension coming to fruition, both proposals are still awaiting approval from planning committees. If given the go-ahead it will mark a major step forward for the company with Simon Dawson, operations and engineering manager, stating that it will enable the creation of a better product range, improved flexibility of pack sizes and upgraded quality assurance.
Mr Morrow told the news provider: "In line with our group strategy of strengthening local development and application teams we are also investing heavily in people. Our team of food technologists has been doubled and now comprises six food technology graduates, all with baking industry experience."
One of the key driving forces behind British Bakels' decision was the continuing expansion of the gluten free market. Mr Dawson explained that the company was looking to improve its allergen controls to ensure that it could tap into this improving sector.
The company has been creating baking ingredients since its creation in 1947 and has been operating from its base in Bicester, Oxfordshire, from the same day. It provides from every sector of the baking industry in the UK and believes that it is one of the key components of driving growth within the market.