Warburtons is to invest £45m in a new ’super-bakery’ in Bristol. The new plant is to be built on a 12 acre site at the Western Approach Distribution Park at Severn Beach, and forms part of the company’s national expansion programme.
The new bakery, currently in the early stages of building, is expected to be completed and fully operational by December 2008. It will be Warburtons’ 14th bakery and will further open up distribution to multiples, convenience stores and other retail outlets. It will also enable the production of a wider range of products for distribution to Wales and the South West.
Once work is completed, the site will employ around 450 people and will enable the production of 1.5m products each week with its state-of-the-art machinery.
“This is one of our biggest investments to date and reinforces our commitment to the South West,” said chairman, Jonathan Warburton. “We opened our Welsh bakery in Newport two years ago but we still need more capacity to meet increasing consumer demand.”