The new bread factory, based in Margate near the firm’s current bakery, will produce about 20 handmade lines as well as providing extra cold storage, work space and ovens.
The investment came after Speciality Breads created more than 25 jobs in 2015 and increased its workforce by 30% to scale up production.
‘Exciting last few years’
Speciality Breads md Peter Millen said: “It’s been a hard but exciting last few years, so the whole team is looking forward to the big launch.
“Without them none of this is possible, so we are delighted to be able introduce the National Living Wage ahead of time to show our thanks and ensure we retain our skilled staff and grow together.”
The 3,000m2 site, on Westwood Industrial Estate, will be officially opened in November. It provides five additional freezers, three ovens and a state-of-the-art packing line with robotics.
Speciality Breads has seen consecutive year-on-year growth of more than 30% since 2012 and its turnover is now nearing £6M.
‘Strength to strength’
Millen said: “The company has gone from strength to strength since we made a big splash at the Olympics with our high quality breads now used by leading bars, pubs, cafes, restaurants, hotels and caterers.
“With the UK foodservice sector as vibrant and diverse as it is and interest in our breads going through the roof, this new site was vital for us in order to keep up with demand and continue to grow.”
Established in 1996, Speciality Breads provides a selection of more than 100 frozen breads to wholesalers.