Bristol-based pie-maker Pieminister plans to move to a new factory in South Wales later this year, because its current production site is being put up for sale.
The company is now consulting with staff over a proposed July move to a fully fitted-out 25,000sq ft site in Llantrisant, which has another 60,000sq ft to move into over the coming years.
The lease on the firm’s existing 17,000sq ft factory comes to an end in 2012, when it will be sold by the owner. Co-founders Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon looked into buying the site outright and considered other premises in Bristol, but decided these options would put too much financial pressure on the firm.
Production volumes at the company, which also operates six shops, have grown from 100 pies a day in 2003 to over 15,000 a day in 2011, with projections of triple this figure in the next four years. Turnover is expected to grow from an estimated £8m in 2011/12 to £18m in 2015.
"Main growth will come from a combination of maintaining loyal customers and increasing our customer base through strategic product development of high-quality products backed by a highly interactive marketing programme," said Hogg. "We also aim to open more retail sites."