Délifrance, a bakery products supplier to foodservice outlets and retailers, has added a fourth production line at its viennese pastry plant in Romans, southern France.
The business has invested EUR30m (US$34m) in the facility, which will supply northern and southern Europe, Asia, and North America. The line can produce 1.5 million viennoiserie products per day, including croissants, pains aux raisins and pains aux chocolats.
Délifrance said the expansion adds 25,000 tonnes of annual capacity to the existing 50,000 tonnes and will create 70 jobs, taking the employment count at the site to 360.
Chief executive Ian Dobbie said: “With this new line, the Romans plant is now unique in terms of its size, its production capacity, its flexibility, its capacity to adapt, and the know-how of its current and future teams. We can be competitive and confidently develop products for premium international markets.”
Owned by farming and food processing co-operative, Vivescia, Délifrance posted a turnover of EUR760m for the year ended in June 2018, 80% of which was generated outside of France.