Avara Foods to invest over £11m in Brackley processing site

Avara Foods to invest over £11m in Brackley processing site

Avara Foods is set to create more than 60 vacancies at its processing facility in Brackley, Northamptonshire, following an £11 million investment into the site.

The bulk of the investment will centre around equipping and fitting out a new packing hall to improve product throughput. New conveyors, automated handling systems and an ergonomic workspace design will aim to increase efficiency, improve colleague experience and boost the site’s operations.

The investment will also see improvements made to staff facilities, including refurbished changing areas, canteen, lockers and shared working spaces.

Avara says that these investments have created new roles across many areas of the site’s functions, with over 60 vacancies in production, hygiene and quality control currently open, while drivers and forklift drivers are also being sought.

“Where others in the market are delaying the implementation of plans for growth due to uncertainty around Brexit, we’re forging ahead with a comprehensive capital investment programme in which we plan to spend over £100m on improving our British operations over the next three years…”

Claire Tarvit, site manager at Avara Foods, Brackley, said: “This is the largest single investment we’ve ever made at Brackley and it’s an exciting step forwards for the company. We firmly believe steady investment in our people, facilities and technology is the best way to sustain growth and offer our people greater career opportunities; the automation of certain processes allows greater opportunities for more skilled roles in maintaining and monitoring equipment performance.

“Covid-19 has changed the way we work, but we’re proud to continue feeding the nation during these challenging times. We’ve implemented strict safety controls and distancing policies throughout the site, keeping our colleagues safe as they work. We’re really looking forward to welcoming new people to the company, as these exciting improvements are completed at our Brackley plant.”

Andy Dawkins, chief executive officer at Avara Foods, added: “We’ve had a home in Brackley since the early ‘70s, and this planned investment is proof of our long-term commitment to both our people and customers.

“Where others in the market are delaying the implementation of plans for growth due to uncertainty around Brexit, we’re forging ahead with a comprehensive capital investment programme in which we plan to spend over £100m on improving our British operations over the next three years, solidifying our position as a leader in poultry processing.”

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