The new 8000 sq m unit will employ over 200 people and is located in Bedford, not far from the company’s existing site in Milton Keynes. The first phase of investment is scheduled to start operating in May 2011.
It will be a cold bakery, comprising two separate lines for manufacturing pre-proven dough as ready-to-bake Danish pastries, for in-store bakeries and caterers.
All the production will be distributed through sister company Bakehouse, which currently takes its products from a Unibake factory in Denmark.
CEO of Lantmännen Unibake UK, Søren Landtved, said that Lantmännen Unibake had always believed that the product needed to be produced close to its customers.
“The UK is Lantmännen Unibake’s single biggest market. We firmly believe that moving our production base from Denmark to a local UK site in Bedford will greatly benefit our overall growth opportunities within the market place here,” he explained.
“The cutting of the first sod today is the first step in this very exciting journey for Unibake here in the UK. We have been very satisfied with the service level from Bedford Council, and are very much looking forward to further co-operation in the future.”
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “This is a great investment for Bedford. We wanted the company here and with the land available and determination to make it happen, we showed Lantmännen Unibake they would be given a first-class professional service.”
Lantmännen Unibake UK
Martin Jones, Sales & Marketing Director, Tel: 01908 281 999