Lantmannen Unibake create 200+ jobs
Thursday 26th August
LANTMÄNNEN UNIBAKE CREATE
Bedford opened its doors to a major business
today, as the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, marked the
“turning of the sod” at land south of Cambridge Road, to declare
the start of the building of a new facility for the international
manufacturers, Lantmännen Unibake.
The Lantmännen Unibake site is located next to
the Well’s & Young’s Centrum building and Asda’s recycling
Lantmännen Unibake, a company with a turnover
of 700 million Euros and 3,800 employees in 18 countries, will
employ 200 + people at its cold bakery facility in Bedford.
Yeast based products, such as pastries and
croissants, will be produced on-site and distributed to their
customers that are divided into major retailers and food
The Bedford development (13,618 sq metres) is
the first site the company has used which needs to be ‘built from
scratch’. In April, Lantmännen Unibake contacted Bedford Borough
Council, who then pulled out all the stops to secure necessary
requirements, such as planning approval, so as to make the
development possible. It took just four months from initial contact
with the council, before work started on site.
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,
said: “This is a great investment for Bedford. We wanted the
company here and with the land available and determination to make
it happen, we showed Lantmännen Unibake they would be given a first
class professional service. Their aspirations were shared by our
vision for employment growth, which we hope will see improvement as
a result of the dualling of the A421 and the further land
development opportunities available. As national media reports on
gloomy levels of unemployment and company closures, for Bedford to
secure this investment, it shows we can be the business location of
“We firmly believe that moving our production
base from Denmark to a local UK site in Bedford will greatly
benefit our overall growth opportunities within the UK market
place.” explained CEO of Lantmännen Unibake UK, Søren Landtved.
Søren Landtved continued: “The cutting of the
first sod today is the first step in this very exciting journey for
Unibake here in UK. We have been very satisfied with the
service level from Bedford Borough Council, and are very much
looking forward to further co-operation in the future. ”
The building of the facility commenced at 10am
today, with plans to be completed and operational by Q2 2011.
Recruitment for those positions created will commence shortly.
For further information on business
opportunities in Bedford, contact Patrick Lyons, Senior Economic
Development Officer (Growth), at Bedford Borough Council, on 01234