UK salads firm Hazeldene is set to carry out a GBP1.7m (US$2.7m) expansion of its production plan in Wigan.

Hazeldene, which supplies retailers including The Co-operative Group and Iceland Foods, plans to install two new lines at the site. Around 25 jobs look set to be created.

MD Simon Ball said: "We're really pleased about the expansion as not only will it boost the local economy, it also means we are a step closer to our aim of being the preferred choice of ready to eat fresh salad and speciality products. Our plans are to expand the factory so that we can install two new lines, bringing the total number up to ten."