There is a lot of speculation about likely developments at Malton Bacon Factory, which has a planning application for a 4,000 sq m extension. After 12 years as md, Max Hilliard has been promoted to chief executive (see story on page 80), while Neil Hammond returns to manage the running of Malton after a stint as md of Hygrade Foods. With Unigate's involvement in ready meals, sauces and convenience foods, the opportunity to manufacture components represents a major step in that direction. {{PROVISIONS }}