Morrisons invests another £1.4m at manufacturing site

Morrisons supermarket’s fresh food manufacturing operation, in Greenside, Bradford, has opened a new on-site innovation centre as part of a significant investment programme.

Costing £1.4m, the Greenside Innovation Centre was officially opened by the leader of Bradford Council, Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe and Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin.

It features a state-of-the-art development and showcase kitchen which will support the growth of Greenside and the wider Morrisons manufacturing division – Myton Food Group.

It will also allow for the development of new products to present to prospective customers.

The Greenside site is the UK’s largest fresh food factory producing bacon, quiches, pies, sausages, gammon, cooked meats and packed cheese.

Rami Baitiéh, chief executive officer of Morrisons, said: “We’re pleased to officially open our Greenside Innovation Centre here in the city of Bradford.

“We are proud food makers and we are always exploring ways in which we can showcase our expertise and develop new and exciting opportunities to take our products to a wider market.

“This new facility gives our fantastic team of chefs a space to create the high-quality, British products our customers want, using ingredients from our trusted farmers and growers.”

Cllr Hinchcliffe said: “We’re really proud that Bradford is the home of Morrisons and therefore I really welcome this latest investment from the company in the city.

“It’s a very well run operation and it’s great to see what care and thought they are putting into new product design at the Innovation Centre. It’s this kind of investment which will retain Morrisons place as a market leader.”

Brabin added: “I welcome the investment Morrisons has made into the Greenside Innovation Centre, helping to bring new opportunities to Bradford.

“Morrisons is an important partner for Bradford and West Yorkshire and I will continue to support them to grow and succeed.”

The site has received significant investment in the past year, with an additional £6.6m being spent on cheese automation technology. A further £7m will be invested this year in new sausage lines.

Morrisons Greenside is a 400,000 sq ft manufacturing site, employing a 1,400 strong team.