Charlie Bighams has invested US4.1m in its production kitchen

Charlie Bigham's has invested US4.1m in its production kitchen

UK ready meal manufacturer Charlie Bigham's is to invest GBP2.5m (US$4.1m) on upgrading its production facility in a bid to boost capacity and improve efficiency.

The investment is expected to increase Charlie Bigham's cooking capacity by around a third, a spokesperson for the firm told just-food. The spending will "help the brand get their posh ready meals to more people, while improving food quality and freshness."

The Charlie Bigham's brand has been enjoying year-on-year growth of almost 30%, with sales now over GBP20m.

While financial growth has seen the Charlie Bigham's team increase and more spent on retaining, developing and training employees, the investment "won't necessarily create more jobs at the company". the spokesperson said.

Charlie Bigham's was founded in 1996. Products include cottage pie, lasagne, fish pie, sweet and sour chicken and steak and mushroom pies and are available from retailers Waitrose and Ocado.