Rich Products has announced it is to spend over £1m on a new toppings and icings factory in the UK, marking a "significant investment" for the firm.

Rich UK has just had plans approved for the new site, which will produce toppings and icings for the UK and Europe, said marketing manager Gail Lindsay. "It shows our commitment to that product category, as well as to the baking industry in the UK," explained Lindsay, who added the company was keen to maintain its position as a British manufacturer.

Whereas before, the firm sourced its toppings and icings from Rich Products’ base in the US, national retail account controller Vicki Banks said this investment would enable the firm to develop products that were bespoke for the UK market.

"It gives us the opportunity to service our customers more effectively, with greater flexibility to meet their needs," added Ted Rich, managing director of Rich UK/Europe.

The company is planning for the new factory to be opened in October this year.