International bakery giant Brioche Pasquier is to open a 250,000sq ft bakery in Milton Keynes in December 2015 as it expands in the UK.

The company expects to create more than 200 jobs at its new £70m bakery, its first manufacturing site in the UK. The French family business currently only has an office in Milton Keynes and imports its range from France.

It sells fresh and frozen pastries and pastry, from croissants to tarts, available from supermarkets across the UK.

Phase one of its new bakery development will be 160,000sq ft, with a further phase of 70,000sq ft scheduled within five years.

Construction work is due to start in March this year and completion is scheduled towards the end of the year.

Brioche Pasquier will then fit-out the production lines, with its facility operational by December 2015.

Brioche Pasquier was founded in 1936 in France and now has operations worldwide, in regions including North and South America, Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Benelux, Asia and Africa. The French company first came to the UK in 2001.