Company will take on 50 new staff after investing £1.8m in Cornish factory

Pilgrim's UK

A food manufacturer has announced it is recruiting 50 new staff at its factory in Cornwall.

Pilgrim’s UK has invested £1.8m in its plant in Bodmin and is looking to take on 50 new staff over the next six months as it expands operations.

The investment has seen new high-speed packing lines and a storage system installed at the factory. The new machinery will maximise the site’s operational capacity.

The business, which has its head office in Warwickshire and part of the global Pilgrim’s Pride corporation, said its Cornish factory is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of cooked bacon to fast food restaurants.

As a result of the expansion the factory now has the capacity to process more than 400 tonnes of gammon per week

The company has also invested in greenhouse gas reduction projects to reduce energy consumption at the factory.

Daniel Inch, site director at Pilgrim’s UK, said: “Investing in state-of-the-art equipment and renewable tech like this, alongside nurturing our 270-strong team of dedicated people, while encouraging new talent into the industry, are key to ensuring a bright future for our Bodmin site.”

Simon Taylor, commercial director at Pilgrim’s UK, added: “Our Bodmin site is known for the breadth of cooking styles we offer, as well as the consistent delivery of high-quality service and technical standards. This new investment has unlocked further potential and is attracting new customers keen to improve the quality of their cooked bacon range.”

Pilgrim’s UK currently employs 5,500 staff across 14 sites in the UK, including three abattoirs and eight processing sites.