Egg firm to crack on with new manufacturing site that will create 150 jobs

Some 150 jobs are set to be created in Leicestershire after Noble Foods, the firm behind the Happy Egg Company, revealed plans to open a manufacturing site in the region later this year.

The 108,000 sq ft site will be used to manufacture a range of pre-prepared foods using eggs. At its peak, the site has the potential to use over 1.6 million eggs per week.

Aimed at the retail, Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) and wholesale market, foods including omelettes, egg bites, and frittatas will be made at the site.

Will Cadbury, added value business lead at Noble Foods, said: “I’m excited that our new investment will help us in our ambition to create more egg-based foods, in different formats, so that more people can enjoy eggs throughout the day.

“We already know that eggs are one of the most versatile and nutritious foods, with the lowest carbon output of any animal protein. This aligns brilliantly with our purpose ‘To better nourish people, animals and planet’ and our investment will really help to accelerate that, by providing more eggs, for more people, on more occasions.”

The undisclosed Leicestershire manufacturing site was formerly used to make desserts.

Cadbury added: “Opening a new facility is a big moment for all of us at Noble Foods and I can’t wait to see the products coming off the line in the coming months. It’s fantastic that our investment will create new jobs in Leicestershire too, and opportunities for colleagues to develop their careers.

“We will be bringing nutritious and convenient products to our customers, several of whom already share our excitement.

“Combining our deep understanding of farm to fork, along with food and manufacturing experience, gives our customers the confidence they’ll be benefiting from qualities synonymous with Noble Foods.”

David Parker, who joined Noble Foods in September 2022 as commercial development chef, said: “The investment is an incredible addition to our capabilities and will open more opportunities for cooked egg products across the retail and OOH markets.

“We are lucky to supply one of nature’s most nutrient dense foods which can work across all meal occasions. By combining food trends, along with category and marketing expertise with Noble Foods’ new investment, we are gearing up to launch exciting new meal and snack solutions for the UK consumer market.”