2 Sisters Food Group has announced a GBP7m capital investment at its Carlisle prepared meals factory, creating 200 new jobs in a major economic boost to the region.
The investment program follows a major contract awarded by M&S to expand its product ranges with 2 Sisters. More than 30 new products will be developed at the site including Gastro and fish meals with vegetable accompaniments. Production of fish meals has already begun while Gastro ranges and vegetable accompaniments will be launched in late 2018 and early 2019.
Already being produced are ranges like British Salmon and asparagus and Gastro seafood casserole. Dishes to come later in the year include Gastro ham & chicken crumble and Gastro Beef Bourguignon, plus more than a dozen potato accompaniment dishes. As a result, a new state-of-the art vegetable processing facility is being created, which includes new cooling tunnels, steam-injected kettles for cooking and cooling sauces, new coating systems and two new automated packing lines. The 1,250 people already working at the site will also benefit from new facilities including a new canteen and changing facilities.
Ronald Kers, 2 Sisters Food Group CEO, said: “Our vision is to create a truly world-class business who is trusted to deliver, so we are delighted such a prestigious customer as M&S recognize and value us as a reliable partner with the ability to create quality food, for the right price in a sustainable and transparent way. Delicious, healthy, convenient a...