Pie's the limit as new factory opens doors

DONCASTER'S new £500,000 pie factory was being opened by the Mayor of Doncaster Martin Winter today.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 25th September 2007, 3:57 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th October 2007, 10:52 am

Topping Pie Company's new bakery is the culmination of a major expansion programme of the company's Waterside site as part of its future growth plans.

Joined by three generations of the Topping family, Mr Winter was due to unveil a plaque to mark the opening, followed by a tour of the bakery to see the state of the art production facility.

The new bakery has been supported by a 78,000 grant delivered through the South Yorkshire Objective One Programme and the project is also part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

The size of the bakery has been doubled, and the company will triple its existing capacity with new equipment, including state-of-the-art rotary ovens, a deep freezer and chiller and dough divider.

The grant has also helped pay for a new product test kitchen, new frontage and signs and a staff tea room. A management team is in place, including general manager, operations manager and functional heads, with new systems introduced to ensure the increased demand is successfully implemented.

Roger Topping, managing director said: "I am delighted to welcome Mayor Winter to open our new bakery, which will see more than 20 new jobs created over the next few years. This expansion gives a clear indication of our future ambitions and growth and our commitment to Doncaster.

"We have seen strong growth over the last seven years from humble beginnings to a custom-designed operation today. It has been a strong ambition of mine over many years to create a state of the art bakery and I am delighted to have realised my dream.

"This expansion will allow us to compete in major markets and we will achieve full British Retail Consortium accreditation this year, making our products available to any High Street food retailer." The company has won a string of pie industry awards and it is now hoping to get its food into national supermarket chains.