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Apetito invests £31m in its food manufacturing site
apetito, the UK’s leading food producer for the health and social care sector (and owner of Wiltshire Farm Foods), this week announced that it will be investing £31million in its South West based, food manufacturing business resulting in job creation in the company’s Trowbridge site.
The news adds to an already great month for UK manufacturing following a number of announcements around investments and growth in the sector.
apetito is a £125m food and nutrition food production company which has been operating in the UK for over 25 years. The company supplies a wide range of products focused on taste and nutrition to hospitals, care homes, local government meals on wheel services as well as via its private meal delivery service Wiltshire Farm Foods. apetito is the largest private sector employer in Trowbridge, Wiltshire and supports over 2000 UK jobs nationwide.
The investment enables the company to continue to grow its business; supporting the UK economy and providing continued job security. apetito expects to create around 40 jobs during the building of the expanded production facility.
The investment will deliver;
• A UK new business opportunity worth around £28million to a wide range of suppliers in the construction, design, manufacturing equipment supply and project management
• Enhanced manufacturing capacity
• Improved manufacturing efficiency
• State of the art cooking facilities to deliver the highest standards of taste and nutrition
• Continued reduction in carbon footprint – delivering a 47% reduction in carbon intensity 47% since 2017 (CO2 emissions per £m sales)
apetito plans to extend its factory to support the planned growth over the next 10 years plus. Detailed planning is now in progress and building will commence in 2018 with the expanded site is due for full completion by 2020.
Paul Freeston, Chief Executive, apetito UK commented: “As one of largest food manufacturers in the health and social care sector, we remain focused on building our UK business and in doing so supporting the UK economy and our employees with job security. apetito is proud of its UK manufacturing base and the economic and social contribution that we make here in Britain, whether as an employer – or in the service we provide in delivering nutritious meals to elderly and vulnerable individuals”
Commenting on the investment, Food Minister George Eustice said: “Our thriving food industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK – bigger than cars and aerospace combined – and this significant investment by apetito is a real vote of confidence in the South West and the UK as a place to do business.
“I’m pleased the investment will lead to the creation of so many local jobs, while raising the UK’s global profile and securing our reputation as a great food nation.”
Baroness Scott of Bybrook, leader of Wiltshire Council said: “This is really good news for Wiltshire and, in particular for Trowbridge. I am delighted that apetito as a leading national company has decided to invest further in its food manufacturing site in the county town. This major investment of £31 million is a huge boost to the local economy, securing the company’s presence here, and creating new jobs in the area. The council looks forward to continuing to work with apetito as a strategically important company, on this significant business growth programme.”