Allied Bakeries has today unveiled details of a new, state-of-the-art, bread production line in its Stockport bakery. Revamped as part of a wider capital expenditure programme, the bakery has seen over £35m invested in it over the course of a five-year development scheme.
The investment ensures the bakery is in position for long-term growth, with new technology and processes to improve not only quality but consistency, supporting the manufacturers’ market leading innovation in products and competitive agility.
The new bread production line at Stockport will deliver increased productivity; more streamlined working methods and improved staff performance.
AB Pennine Regional General Manager, Carl Hampson, explains: “The site has been equipped with the latest technology, which has been designed specifically for Stockport to deliver greater efficiencies. As well as being more energy efficient, the new plant will reduce waste during the manufacturing process.
“We’ve put a lot of thought into the site build to ensure it can deliver against business objectives. All our buildings have been designed and constructed around the new bread production line. Even the layout of the factory has considered all aspects of safety, efficiency and ergonomics during its design to allow greater space for our staff to operate effectively within. ”
As well as optimising the performance of its infrastructure, Allied Bakeries is investing in training its staff to ensure the workforce is in a position to deliver future growth. A five-week training programme has been designed to transform bakery operatives into capable, empowered manufacturing technicians equipped with operational, problem solving and diagnostic skills.
Ongoing investment in the site will see further improvements throughout 2013, including improved staff facilities, raw material storage, vehicle wash facilities and car parking.