Fresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor is set to hire 30 new members of staff at its sites in Nantwich and Crewe in Cheshire.

The recruits will work within its bakery division, Bakkavor Bread & Pizza, which manufactures an average of 50 different types of products a week, including chilled pre-cooked breads such as flatbreads, doughballs, garlic baguettes and slices.

The vacancies are across a range of functions, including production, hygiene, engineering and logistics, as well as health and safety.

“Bakkavor Bread is on a roll and we are keen to welcome anyone who is wants to rise to the challenge and get in on a slice of the action,” said Paul Peachey, business director for Bakkavor Bread & Pizza.

The recruitment drive is part of a UK-wide Bakkavor initiative, which saw the group recruit more than 2,500 people last year as it strives to meet increasing consumer demand for fresh prepared food. As part of this, it looked to fill 100 vacancies at its site in Bourne, Lincolnshire.

Bakkavor currently employs more than 19,000 people across the UK.