Fletchers Group of Bakeries has made its first major move since a multi-million pound land-sale to Sainsbury's.
The company has opened a new production facility at its site in Sheffield which cost £7 million to complete and will allow the supply of fresh and frozen, white, brown and seeded bread rolls to retailers across the country. Fletchers will also be responsible for customers within the foodservice sector significantly boosting its presence within the industry.
The new site was officially launched by the Rt Hon David Blunkett, MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, alongside Gordon Maclean a recently retired employee of the company who had worked there for 49 years.
Fletchers explained that the new facility will house two production lines, a new cold store and despatch area as well as a new site entrance and two employee car parks. The move is in line with the company's exact customer standards as it continues to provide the best possible service to clients and the general public.
Mr Maclean said: "Everything we produced then was despatched on wooden trays which you wouldn’t be able to use in a modern facility. We also made many more confectionery products, cakes and custards back then and most of it was hand-made, or at least hand-finished.
"I think it’s marvellous to see the factory investing in a new production facility after so many years. It was an honour for me to come back and open this new facility."
Fletchers has over 100 years of experience within the baking industry and currently boasts a turnover of more than £100 million making its the UK's No. 1 fresh and frozen bakery group. This latest move will help to establish the company as one of the biggest names within the food sector.
Since its inception it has formed strong links with retailers such as Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Sainsbury's while maintaining a large customer base across the nation with scope to expand even further in the future.