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Snack manufacturer Burts Chips to create 64 new jobs at its Leicestershire factory in major expansion

Updated on Tuesday 30 April 2019, 10:04 AM 192 Views

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Independent snack brand, Burts Potato Chips is expanding its recently acquired Leicester-based site bringing more employment opportunities for those living in the area.

Previously run by Savoury & Sweet, Burts’ Leicester site is currently home to a strong team of 120 employees, all of whom bring drive, passion and a wealth of experience to the business. As part of its ongoing expansion, Burts’ will open a further 64 jobs at the site, in roles including Line Leaders, Fryers, Machine Operators, Production Operatives, Quality Assurance Technicians and Warehouse staff.

David Nairn, Managing Director of Burts Potato Chips, said: “Since acquiring the Leicester-based Sweet & Savoury in 2017, the business has gone from strength to strength, delivering a combined turnover of £44m in the last year and increasing the number of jobs available by over 20% to 350 across the business.

“While we’re proud of our success in 2018 the growth into 2019 has seen the business set its sights on delivering a 25% year on year growth and has succeeded in achieving 26% in Q1. Our ambition is to continue to accelerate the business to become one of the largest independent premium snacking brands in the UK, and it is the dedication of our staff which will enable us to do so.”

Over the last 12 months , Burts Potato Chips has added a further 60,000sqft to the existing 71,000sqft production facility in Leicester. As well as this, the company has also upgraded and implemented new machinery at the site, including new Hand Cooked Potato Chip lines, a compression popping line, and further capacity in its Popcorn lines to meet the growth in customer demand.

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