(l-r) Peter Gillanders and Jag Sanghera (both Food Innovations Baking Group)

35 jobs are being created by the UK’s leading independent manufacturer of home baking products, following its relocation to a new site in Nottinghamshire.

Food Innovations Baking Group, which supplies the full spectrum of edible and non-edible products under licence, private label and own brand, has completed a £3m move that has seen it centralise nine production units into one brand new facility on Panattoni Park in Eastwood.

The sizeable investment has created a number of additional dedicated lines and helped it expand its Product Development Kitchen to give it more capacity to bring additional baking kits and other products to market.

Backed by Ardenton Capital, the company is now looking to recruit ten technical and NPD jobs, with a further twenty-five roles available in production, ranging from general/skilled operatives to line and area leaders.

Full training and development plans will be in place for all new starters, with progression routes in place across the group’s rapidly growing three sites across the UK.

“Demand for our range of products has really accelerated during Covid-19 and this prompted the need for a purpose-built central facility in Nottinghamshire that will give us the platform for the next twenty years,” explained Jag Sanghera, HR Manager at Food Innovations Baking Group’s Nottingham facility.

“We have moved from nine individual units to one central site, where all the administration, manufacturing and R&D work is carried out under one roof and benefits from state-of-the-art production space.”

She continued: “Better still we are creating 35 jobs, which comes at a great time for the people of Nottingham who may be considering their career prospects following the pandemic.

“We are looking for anyone with a desire to move into food manufacturing and have a passion to learn and take on new ideas. Training is provided and we also offer lots of softer benefits, such as ice creams when it is hot and pizzas when volumes are met.”

Food Innovations Baking Group sells the full spectrum of edible and non-edible products, from cake mixes and kits, food colourings and flavourings, cupcake cases and cake boards to frostings, sugar paste and marzipan, sprinkles and bagged cake confectionery.

Its breadth of manufacturing capabilities in Burnley, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Nottingham give it complete control over the various processes and provides flexibility to customers involved in food service and wholesale, plant bakers, specialist sugar craft, independent retailers and some of the UK’s largest supermarkets.

All of the manufacturing is carried out within stringent British Retail Consortium (BRC) guidelines, with the company holding the best possible AA* rating.

Jag concluded: “We have earned a well-deserved reputation for innovation and technical excellence, and this has led to use being the ‘go to’ provider for home backing products in the UK.

“There is rapid expansion across the group and our Nottingham facility is going to be crucial to realising this…we now just need local people to join us on the journey.”