Fresh food manufacturer Bakkavor is upping its workforce numbers

Bakkavor is seeking to recruit more than 300 people across its UK sites.

The company, which makes products for retailer own-label brands including Waitrose, M&S, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda, will create 310 factory production and management roles across regions including Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset and Wigan.

As many as 100 new staff members will be hired by cream cake supplier Bakkavor Desserts Newark, 150 will be recruited by Bakkavor Pizza Holbeach, which produces chilled pizzas for major retailers, while Bakkavor’s Freshcook, which makes high-end ready meals through to delicatessen products for M&S, will take on 60 new hires.

“Now is a really exciting time for Bakkavor as we continue to grow from strength to strength and this is demonstrated by the sheer scale of our recruitment drive,” said Pippa Greenslade, group HR director.

“The diverse range of roles we have available provide people all around the country with a great opportunity to work in the fast moving and exciting fresh prepared foods industry. We have a wide variety of roles on offer and we look forward to welcoming new people to our team.”

Last month Bakkavor reported solid revenue growth across the business in its third quarter, but warned of the oncoming challenge of inflation and rising costs.

Group sales in the quarter to 24 September increased 3% to £433.6m, with like-for-like sales also up 3% to £427.1m. Adjusted EBITDA rose 5% to £37.6m for the 13-week period.