Deal brings new jobs to Sutton Bridge

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BAKKAVOR owned Wingland Foods has just completed a £1 million expansion, which has seen the Sutton Bridge factory take on eight more employees.

The Millennium Way site, which produces pre-prepared salads for supermarkets, has now completed the third and final phase of its expansion, which began in 2005.

This latest phase adds an extra 336 square metres of cooking space and will house £100,000 of new equipment that will enable Wingland Foods to make a higher volume and variety of products.

Jonathan Fowler, operations manager, said: “Since 2005, Wingland has expanded to ensure we satisfy our customer commitments. This expansion opens up new possibilities for Wingland Foods in terms of diversification and I believe that this is a sign of the business going from strength to strength in what is currently a challenging market.”

The expansion has been driven by the close relationship between Wingland Foods and a major high-street supermarket chain, known by the Spalding Guardian to be Waitrose.

A spokesman for the Icelandic food giant – which has its UK headquarters at Spalding – said the expansion will help them factory diversify to suit the needs of the supermarket.

The spokesman added: “This was the third and final phase of the site’s deli expansion. The previous phases were completed in 2005 and 2006 which involved an expansion of product mixing, equipment washing areas and product assembly.”

Wingland Foods employs 329 people and opened in 2000.

The news comes after Bakkavor closed its Exotic Farm Produce site in Kirton earlier this month. The site ceased trading, with up to 66 of its 115 staff facing redundancy, on May 13 blaming an “unsustainable mix” of falling sales and higher costs.