Pizza plans could create 60 new jobs

Plans have been lodged which could lead to the creation of around 60 new jobs at a Tweedmouth factory.

Thursday, 18th October 2018, 12:12 pm
Updated Friday, 19th October 2018, 12:02 pm
The former Jus-Rol factory, now operated by Country Style Foods.

Country Style Foods, which makes dough-based products, is seeking permission for a replacement-build to produce cooked frozen pizza bases which cannot be accommodated in the existing layout.

The company, which currently employs 80 staff, occupies the former Jus-Rol factory on the Tweedside Trading Estate which was closed in 2016 by General Mills.

A planning application lodged with Northumberland County Council states: ‘The proposed development is required to facilitate the installation of an oven and prover to produce cooked frozen pizza bases, resulting in the creation of around 60 new jobs.’

The area of development is at the rear of the site and would comprise a purpose-built extension to replace an unused existing office, development lab and development kitchen area which would be demolished.

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The application continues: ‘This expansion is to enable pizza bases to be produced that are oven-cooked and then frozen before packing. To enable this there needs to be installed a new oven, prover which requires a higher roof than currently exists due to roof voids, bowl hoist and conveyor system. Provision has been made in the design to allow a second prover/oven to be installed enabling increased production and expansion. Under the previous owners, the numbers of people and level of production were far higher than current and there is a lot of spare capacity in infrastructure on site.’

Last week, plans to convert the nearby former Pringle factory into four industrial units were also submitted.

The plans involve the creation of four units ranging in size from 3,500 to 15,400 square feet.

The Pringle knitwear factory was closed in 1998, with the loss of more than 300 jobs.

Philip Allinson, director of Tweedside Independent Traders Ltd, which is behind the plan, has said that the new units would meet a need for larger industrial premises in the local area.

With the aim to complete phase one in 2019 and the final phase in 2020, expressions of interest are now being sought from businesses interested in leasing the units. There is also an opportunity for multi-let tenancies or shared workspaces on the site, encouraging the development and growth of start-up and micro enterprises alongside more established businesses.

For details, contact the managing agent, Viewpoint Management on 01289 332080.