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Bakkavor to create 310 jobs due to rise in product demand

Bakkavor is looking to create 310 jobs across two food manufacturing sites, as demand has increased for its products.

The company supplies many of the leading supermarket chains, with the majority of its products marketed under the own-label brands of Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Asda.

Sixty jobs will be created at the firm's Freshcook site in Spalding, that currently has 600 staff. Freshcook produces high-end ready meals and delicatessen products, among others, for Marks & Spencer. It is M&S’s number one supplier in Dine In and has supplied more than 30 million Dine In meals to date.

A further 150 extra people are required at Bakkavor Pizza at the same site, which has 800 staff producing 1.2 million chilled pizzas a week for major retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose and Tesco. It also produces Pizza Express retail pizzas.

Some 100 extra staff are also needed at Bakkavor Desserts, at its sister site in Newark, Nottinghamshire, which is a leading supplier of cream cakes in the UK currently employing 1,700 plus staff. The factory produces 170 million packs of desserts including éclairs, doughnuts, tarts and slices, fruit and chocolate trifles, and profiterole stacks.