Morrisons has invested £31 million over the last 18 months in its Farmer Boy site alone, which is where its fresh food manufacturing facility is based. This has created 150 jobs and Morrisons has made a commitment to invest further in the creation of jobs and improvement of production.
The money has been poured into a range of new features at the site, including a modern pie preparation room and improvements to the existing equipment at the factory. The company is working on a brand new quiche line - a development which is costing £6.5 million and is expected to create a further 50 new jobs at the Bradford site. This project will be completed in the new year.
Business secretary Vince Cable recently visited the site to see the company’s investment in the future of its manufacturing operation.
Mr Cable said: “The manufacturing sector is vital to building a stronger economy – supporting 2.5 million jobs and contributing almost £140 billion a year to the UK. As this week's Manufacturing Advisory Service Barometer figures show, more British manufacturers are starting to see an increase in orders.
“This is further indication that our economy is becoming stronger, which means more jobs and more business for the companies who depend on Morrisons further down the chain.”
Morrisons’ investment is part of a wider commitment to making more of the of the food it sells compared to any other supermarket. This focus has made it the second biggest fresh food manufacturer in the UK.
In addition to this, Morrisons has made at Farmer Boy, it has hired more than 250 apprentices in its manufacturing operation. During the recent tour of the Bradford factory, Mr Cable met 49 of these apprentices.
Dalton Philips, chief executive of Morrisons, said: “As a Yorkshire company we’re proud to be investing £30m in one of our fresh food facilities in Bradford. And it’s not just buildings and equipment that we’re investing in but also training some 50 skilled apprentices at our Farmers Boy site alone.
“I am delighted that Dr Cable and his ministers have been able to see first hand our investments in manufacturing and jobs here in Yorkshire.”
Morrisons has its own meat, produce, fish, bread and flower factories across its 17 UK based sites - this gives the company unrivaled control of the quality of the products sold in its stores.