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New Jobs For Malton


11:36am 8th November 2013

Yorkshire Baker’s brand new 6,000 square metre factory in Malton will be officially opened today by Cathy Chapman, Director of Food Product Development and Direction at Marks and Spencer.

Yorkshire Baker, now part of Cranswick Foods Plc., has invested over £12 million in this new factory and in the process has created upwards of 150 jobs for the local workforce.

The land for this new factory was acquired in October last year on Norton Grove Industrial Estate, Scarborough Road, Malton, after an increasing demand for Yorkshire Baker’s products and a new contract with Marks and Spencer. The factory produces a range of handcrafted all butter pastry sausage rolls, pasties, quiche and pies.

The founder of Yorkshire Baker, Gill Ridgard, is a farmer’s daughter with 35 years’ experience in the food industry. She has a real passion for pastry and established Yorkshire Baker in response to her deep frustration at the lack of quality pastry experiences available on the market. Since 2008 Yorkshire Baker has been supplying high class delicatessens and farm shops in North Yorkshire with the finest quality handcrafted all butter pastry sausage rolls.

Yorkshire Baker and Cranswick have formed a new joint venture company and this latest move sees production steeping up a gear. Gill sees herself as the guardian and custodian of the original principle of Yorkshire Baker’s products – all handcrafted and made from scratch with the high quality ingredients sourced locally.

Gill says: “This place is a glorified kitchen. We are absolutely retaining the artisan nature of making by hand. We have invested in some machinery – but the machines won’t dictate to us. We will keep the texture of our products and the machinery does exactly what we want it to do, they are simply taking on some of the menial tasks. This is not mass manufactured product.

“Our approach is unique but clear – we have simply up scaled artisan production to widen our product portfolio and increase distribution capacity throughout the UK. Our pies, pasties, sausage rolls and savoury parcels are handcrafted and literally filled to the brim with only the finest, hearty and freshest ingredients. Our all butter pastry is handcrafted in the traditional way by laminating and resting. We don’t add anything artificial and refuse to compromise on quality.  Time is our secret ingredient and we are proud of this, we never rush or cut corners. We invest skill, passion and time so consumers don’t have to.”

Jim Brisby, Sales and Marketing Director, added: “This is an exciting venture for us both and we are delighted to be working together, buildings upon Cranswick’s ethos of working with artisan producers to take market leading products to a much wider consumer audience in modern and efficient facilities.

“The product quality and methodology remains the same– we are just enabling the products to be available on a wider scale nationwide. A lot of time and investment has gone into this new facility, and it is a real credit to all involved. The support from Marks and Spencer has been absolutely tremendous and we are delighted to be officially opened.”

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