Cambridgeshire food company says future is looking bright

The organisation which has purchased Premier Foods factory in Cambridgeshire has explained some of its ambitions regarding production at the factory in Histon, as it looks to develop the site following the £200 million deal.

Hain Daniels, the UK arm of the American food company Hain Celestial, believes the future is extremely bright for the site and for the 380 members of staff who work there. Rob Burnett, the chief executive, spoke of the enthusiasm regarding the Histon site, explaining how the company is one of the fastest growing in the field in the world, and that once the previously cash-starved site had undergone some investment, it would prove crucial to expansion plans.

The Hain Group has a reputation for providing health food products, and the products made at Histon, which include peanut butter and honey fit well with this ethic. The company also brought us the Linda McCartney meat-free range, which is produced at a purpose built site at Fakenham in Norfolk, however the company lack a presence in the ambient food range, despite strong presence in both chilled and frozen products.

The Histon site will primarily be used to develop this side of the business, producing products in cans or jars which tend to carry a long shelf life. A company statement expressed the expectation that a range of major supermarkets across the UK, including Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco and many others, will be supplied with products from the Histon site.

The acquisition of the site is not yet quite complete, but is expected to be finalised by the end of October, assuming it is approved by Premier Foods shareholders.

There is also room for expansion at the site itself, and there are hopes Histon will be able to take on more staff.