Pickle producers move to Suffolk

SUFFOLK is to become the new home of Branston Pickle it was confirmed yesterday, in a move which will create around 60 new jobs in the county.Premier Foods, which acquired Branston last year – together with a range of other traditional English food brands – from Nestlé, is to switch production of the pickle to its plant in Bury St Edmunds.

SUFFOLK is to become the new home of Branston Pickle it was confirmed yesterday, in a move which will create around 60 new jobs in the county.

Premier Foods, which acquired Branston last year – together with a range of other traditional English food brands – from Nestlé, is to switch production of the pickle to its plant in Bury St Edmunds.

The decision follows a review by Premier of its manufacturing sites, which is to result in the closure of its plant in Hadfield, Derbyshire, where Branston is currently produced.

The Bury factory, in Mildenhall Road, is most associated with the production of Hayward's pickled onions although it also now produces sauces for Premier's Loyd Grossman range.


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Production of some other products besides Branston, including Waistline salad dressings, is also to be transferred to the town as part of a £3 million investment in new manfucturing facilities on the site.

Brian Carlton, head of human resources at Premier, said the workforce in Bury was expected to increase from around 220 to 280 once construction work was completed in the new year.

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"This is something we have been working on for some months following the review of our factories," he added. "We are aiming to build on the tremendous success of the Bury St Edmunds factory over recent years."

Branston Pickle was launched in 1922 by Crosse & Blackwell. By strange coincidence, decendants of co-founder Thomas Blackwell are landowners at Langham, near Bury.

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