Independent UK bakery Frank Roberts & Sons is continuing to expand its production capacity with the opening of a new 3,000 square metre green field bakery. 

The facility has the capacity to produce 7,000 loaves per hour. According to designer and contract administrator for the bakery, Lorien Engineering Solutions, this is the latest of a number of investments from Frank Roberts. 

"It is the latest in a series of major investment projects that Lorien has managed for the Northwich based family business over the last six years as it cements its reputation as a leading independent bakery, supplying major multiples around the UK," Lorien said in a statement. 

Previous investments include a "multi-million pound four-phase project” which enabled it to make a “step change" in its distribution facility and extend the product range.

Mike Roberts, deputy chairman of Frank Roberts And Sons told just-food: "The business is entering 2015 with a sense of optimism and enthusiasm. People are buying more Roberts Bakery products, which has fuelled the business to make an investment in the new bread plant, widen the distribution base and to invest in the new TV campaign focusing on the popularity of our white bread."