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31 December, 2018 - 16:31 By Kate Sweeney

Swedish company invests £4.7m in Bedford and MK facilities

International food manufacturer Lantmännen Unibake has invested £700,000 in the staff welfare facilities at its bakery in Bedford and also injected £4 million capital into upgrading key areas of its Milton Keynes base.

The Peterborough-based construction company Lindum has carried out the work in Bedford as part of the company’s five-year business growth plan; it includes new changing rooms, a new canteen and office suite refurbishments.

The developments are said to be in direct response to growth in the burger market and will allow the company to meet the growing demand for its frozen baked goods.

Lantmännen Unibake UK, part of the Sweden-based agri-food group Lantmännen, supplies bakery products to retailers, wholesalers and the foodservice sector.

Howard Coleman, project manager at Lantmännen Unibake UK, said: “Our current office accommodation is over capacity, significantly at Milton Keynes. 

“With additional headcount anticipated to drive the five-year growth agenda, there is a need to provide spaces that support the opportunities and ambition in Lantmännen Unibake UK. 

“This is a great opportunity to align some central support functions in a new fit for purpose site. This move will help improve communications between departments, allowing us to strengthen our cross-functional service. 

“These proposed changes along with the investment into Bedford is preparing us to meet the technical standards and demands by our customers in order to maintain a ‘retail ready’ site.”

The changes to the site in Milton Keynes include a state-of-the-art automated packaging system and quality vision system, which will ensure higher quality standards are met whilst reducing wastage. 

Lindum Group is an employee-owned construction business, which was founded in 1956 by Civil Engineer John Chambers. It employs more than 600 people. 

Lantmännen Unibake UK is described as the largest manufacturer of frozen bakery products in Northern Europe with 23 bakeries in 18 countries. In the UK, the company has two modern bakeries at Milton Keynes and Bedford producing fast food and speciality breads and Danish pastries, respectively.

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