Sweet deal for cake factory

Premier Foods is investing �20 million in its Mr Kipling factory in Barnsley.
Premier Foods is investing �20 million in its Mr Kipling factory in Barnsley.
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An exceedingly good £20 million is to be invested in a new production and packing line at a South Yorkshire cake factory.

Food manufacturer Premier Foods has announced plans to double the current capacity of its Mr Kipling factory at Carlton, Barnsley - making it capable of producing a belly-busting 300 million cake slices a year.

The factory employs about 680 people, but it is able to accommodate up to 980 for seasonal work.

It is hoped the sweet new deal will bring even more jobs to the area.

Jason Ramsay, factory general manager for the site on Fish Dam Lane, said: “This investment is a strong vote of confidence by Premier Foods in the Carlton site and workforce.

“We have been manufacturing Mr Kipling cakes at Carlton since 1975 and this latest news is a huge boost for all of us.”

The investment will take 12 months to complete.

Work will involve the installation of a mixing station, oven and sophisticated packing robotics, adding significant volume to the site.

Coun Roy Miller, Barnsley Council cabinet member for development, environment and culture, said: “Barnsley Council is delighted to hear this great news, both for Barnsley and for the employees of the Carlton factory.

“This investment will no doubt be a huge boost to those working at the factory, as well as having a positive impact on our local economy and community.

“This also shows Barnsley is open for business.”

The new line will be capable of producing 300 million cake slices a year.

A number of these will be in the ‘Snack Pack’ format of individually-wrapped slices, which have been popular with sweet-toothed consumers.

The Snack Packs are available in six different flavours and were introduced in 2011.

Premier Food produces a number of well-known food brands, including Hovis, Cadbury, Oxo, Sharwood’s and Angel Delight.