The Grocer Top 50 independent chain FilcoFoods is to launch an own label premium chilled range.

The Welsh Nisa chain, ranked 38 in The Grocer’s league, will produce the Filco brand at new premises in Port Talbot.

FilcoFoods MD Ian Hunt said the range of about 100 pies, cooked meats and deli lines would be launched in December.

Hunt said the lines would differentiate FilcoFoods stores from rival independents in difficult trading conditions.

FilcoFoods is refurbishing its 10 stores. Work on half the stores is complete and each “had seen good increases in sales”. Negotiations are under way to buy two more sites.