2 Sisters has announced an expansion of its ready-meal operation

2 Sisters has announced an expansion of its ready-meal operation

2 Sisters Food Group has announced a "multi-million" pound expansion deal which will see it create up to 90 jobs.

The food firm plans to expand its ready meals plant in Carlisle following a contract win with a "major" customer. The plan involves the addition of a new 8000sq foot production facility at its Riverbank site.

The new facility, which is scheduled for completion by September, is expected to increase volume by an additional 10m ready meals a year. It will be the "hub" for 25 additional product lines in the ‘Ready to Cook' fish meal category. The expansion will see further investment in potato cooking and mash processing equipment, sauce cooking capability, two production lines and new chilled storage facilities.

The factory currently handles a number of categories, including potato based ready meals, vegetable accompaniments, fish cakes and crisp bakes. It produces over 80m meals per year.
The news comes following a second-quarter financial update which saw the firm post losses of GBP27.5m (US$45.6m) after being hit by a GBP20.7m impairment charge linked to the closure of two of its facilities.
William Duncanson, Carlisle site director, said: "This is fantastic news for the business and will secure a lot of new jobs for the area. This announcement further strengthens our strategic partnership with our customers and it also reflects the confidence held by them in the whole team here in Carlisle.

"We'll now be focusing on the hard work ahead to get the new facility up-and-running and get the new lines in stores for later this year."

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2 Sisters Food Group has announced a multi-million pound expansion plan at its ready meals plant at Carlisle creating up to 90 new jobs, following a contract win with a major customer.

The food manufacturing giant’s Cavaghan & Gray factory has revealed details to equip a new 8,000sq ft production facility at its Riverbank site.

Investment in potato cooking and mash processing equipment, sauce cooking capability, two production lines and new chilled storage facilities are all planned.

The new development can accommodate up to 20% additional capacity at the existing site which will enable it to grow alongside customer demands.

The new facility, scheduled to be in operation by September, will be the hub for 25 additional product lines in the ‘Ready to Cook’ fish meal category. It will increase volume by an additional 10 million ready meals a year.

The new jobs created will range from production operatives through to skilled production, management, engineering and technical roles.

Cavaghan & Gray currently handles a number of product categories including potato based ready meals, vegetable accompaniments, fish cakes and crisp bakes, producing over 80 million meals every year.

William Duncanson, Carlisle Site Director, said: “This is fantastic news for the business and will secure a lot of new jobs for the area.

“This announcement further strengthens our strategic partnership with our customers and it also reflects the confidence held by them in the whole team here in Carlisle.

“We’ll now be focusing on the hard work ahead to get the new facility up-and-running and get the new lines in stores for later this year.”

Carlisle MP John Stevenson said: “"This is tremendous news for Carlisle. It demonstrates confidence in our city from a major business and shows a commitment to Carlisle, which is very welcome."

Original source: 2 Sisters Food Group