Discovery Foods has given the food and drink manufacturing sector a much-needed boost by announcing that it is opening a third factory in Britain.
The manufacturer of Mexican and regional American foods said that the £3.5m factory, which is expected to open in Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, by the end of the month, creating 42 jobs, would help it meet the growing demand for tortillas in the UK.
The company currently makes six million tortillas a week and said that the factory would increase capacity by two production lines, with scope for a further four lines in the future.
James Beaton, founder and joint managing director of Discovery Foods, said: “We think that there is still terrific growth to come from tortillas so we are putting our money where our mouth is.
“We already have five production lines in Britain and these new lines represent considerable growth for our manufacturing capacity.”
This expansion for Discovery Foods follows a string of factory closures in the food and drink sector. Since the start of this year, six major manufactuers have announced that they are closing or planning to close factories.
Beaton added: “I have sympathy with companies that are moving out of the UK or closing down.
“The pressure on a food manufacturer today is just phenomenal. We are very lucky to have a product that people want and to be positioned in a growth market in grocery.”
Beth Brooks