MP Andrew Selous hailed “impressive operation” Honeytop as the speciality food company looks to advertise 200 new jobs to local people in and around Dunstable.
The Woodside Estate firm, which specialises in naan bread and other bread products, is looking to add to its 900-strong workforce by November this year.
Honeytop came under fire in 2011 when it was raided by 100 officers from the UK Border Agency and Beds Police, who arrested six workers who were illegal immigrants.
Later that year, Honeytop was acquired by global food business Aryzta for £80million. Now under new management, the MP for South West Beds is confident the many new full-time jobs will go to local people.
He said: “They are a much better class of management, and they are very, very much looking to hire local people.
“When I heard the news they wanted to recruit 200 people I headed down to Honeytop and spent the afternoon there.”
“They have a really impressive operation down there. One thing I noticed was how clean it was – it was as clean as a hospital.
“I had publicly criticised the former owners in the past in the press, but I think it’s fantastic that so many jobs will be freely available to my constituents.”
A spokesman for Honeytop said: “We are expanding and hiring while other companies are downsizing and restructuring – it’s exciting and positive.”
Mr Selous added: “It’s a really good news story for Dunstable.”
Many of the positions created are production operatives – a role that involves 12 hour shifts and the measuring and mixing of raw materials, conducting quality checks, and sterilising machinery.
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