A Dunstable bakery is continuing to plough plenty of dough into its factory with a £10m extension set to create 200 additional jobs.
George Eustice MP, Minister of State for Farming, Food and the Marine Environment, opened the new state-of-the-art extension to Signature Flatbread’s factory in Verey Road on Monday.
Already a major employer in the area, the expansion is projected to create a further 200 local jobs by 2018, boosting Signature Flatbreads’ current 680-strong workforce.
The firm supplies flatbreads such as tortilla wraps, pitta and naan bread to all the UK’s major retailers and foodservice operators.
At the launch of the new production line, Mr Eustice said: “Britain’s food and drink sector is a huge source of pride for people across the country and a top choice for investors around the world.
“Companies such as Signature Flatbreads put the sector in the global spotlight and show the world the quality and innovation our £100 billion food industry can offer.
“We will do all we can to help food and drink producers across the UK to explore potential investment opportunities to ensure this vibrant sector continues to thrive.”
Joint chief executive and third generation baker Charles Eid said: “This investment not only consolidates our position as the market leader in flatbreads, but also shows our commitment to improving quality and productivity in a competitive marketplace.”
The new production line, with a second to be built in the next two years, will increase the capacity and provide the opportunity to develop new flavour combinations and products to the ever changing bread and bakery market.