Charlie Bighams has announced plans to expand

Charlie Bighams has announced plans to expand

UK ready meals maker Charlie Bigham's has announced plans to expand production.

The firm said it would open a new production kitchen in the next two years that would double the company's current capacity. 

A spokesperson could not disclose details of where the site would be nor what products would be made at the plant. However, Charlie Bigham's said in a statement the site would "cater for future demand and ensure the brand continues to be a market leader for fresh, high quality food".

The investment comes on the back of rising sales. The company said it had seen a 47% increase in sales to nearly GBP40m (US$62m) for the year to the end of August.

The group has recently expanded its range with a new 'For One' line, while pushing on with the development of more meals for two.

Founder Charlie Bigham said: "We are absolutely delighted with our FY15 results, and demand for our food continues to increase so we're committed to building a bigger production kitchen to keep up. We’re very proud to be delivering delicious food to more twosomes than ever before."