Dorset-based bakery Fudges has doubled production so that it can meet biscuit orders in the run-up to Christmas. The company has taken on 25 new permanent workers and implemented an extra shift in a bid to meet increased orders.

The recruitment drive follows the completion of a £1m refurbishment project at the 32,000sq ft Stalbridge site in October, which significantly boosted production capacity. Family-owned Fudges expects to reach a record turnover of £10m in 2011.

The 160-strong workforce is also expected to be busy next year, making a predicted 180 million biscuits in 2012 – a 50% increase on previous production levels.

Fudges supplies Dark Chocolate Florentines, Stem Ginger Biscuits, Cheddar Wafers, Cheese Straws and a selection of biscuits for cheese to retailers including Tesco, Waitrose and Booths, as well as independents.

Fudges MD Steve Fudge said: “We are obviously delighted to be performing so well despite the tough economic climate. Over the Christmas period we are expecting Brits to munch their way through more than 26 million of our biscuits and we want to make sure we are making enough so that people can get hold of the biscuits they want.”