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Bakkavor to create 200 new jobs in Cheshire
Bakkavor Bread, one of Cheshire’s major employers with two factories in Crewe and Nantwich, is looking to recruit up to 200 new people to meet the ongoing demand from customers.
The vacancies, which are primarily factory operative roles, are permanent positions which offer flexibility through continental shift patterns across both day and night shifts.
The two sites, which currently employ more than 670 people, produce over 11 million bread items each week with an average of 50 different types of product being run at any one time. These include flatbreads, doughballs, and garlic baguettes and slices, which meet the nation’s increasing demand for high-quality, chilled, artisan breads. Products are typically made within two hours from mixing to being packaged ready for distribution to the major supermarkets with the most popular item being a cheese flatbread.
Paul Peachey, Business Director for Bakkavor Bread & Pizza said: “Bakkavor Bread continues to expand and the recruitment drive announced today shows that demand for our delicious chilled breads continues to grow.”
Employee benefits at the sites include subsidised staff shops, free parking, an employee recognition programme, a Bakkavor Benefits Scheme which provides retail discounts on the high street, and regular well-being and charity events.
Bakkavor Bread is also committed to employee training and development. In partnership with the local Reaseheath College the business has developed a Bakery qualification as well as Food and Drink Operator training under the Apprenticeship levy program, both of which are on offer to all employees.
The business has also partnered with the local Sir William Stanier School in Crewe as it is committed to giving students the opportunity to better understand how their subjects are relevant to many food manufacturing roles and what workplace skills they need to develop.
This 200 job recruitment drive is part of a broader Bakkavor initiative across the country. Last year alone, the Group employed an additional 2,000 people as it increased capacity to meet higher demand from customers. Bakkavor currently employs more than 19,000 people in the UK.