Samworth said it was in the “early planning stages” of the opening of the plant

Samworth said it was in the “early planning stages” of the opening of the plant

UK private-label supplier and Ginsters owner Samworth Brothers plans to open a production facility in Leicester.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed the move to just-food today (22 November) and said Samworth was in the "early planning stages" of building the plant, to be based in Ashton Green.

"We expect to exchange contacts with the council in the next few weeks," the spokesperson said. "Full completion of the sale in 2013 will be dependent upon planning consensus being agreed, the construction of an access road and vacant possession of the site."

The spokesperson declined to disclose financial details of the investment, what will be produced at the site or whether production may be moved from any of its other facilities to the new plant.

Samworth runs 13 production facilities in the UK, nine of those are located in Leicestershire.

The company, which produces own-label and branded chilled foods for the retail sector, last month said an increase in costs weighed on annual profits. Net profit for the year to 1 January was GBP31.9m (US$49.6m), up 1.1% on the year.