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12.08.05
Cornish Savoury Expansion Project

Tamar Foods have completed the construction phase of a major project to increase production of savoury products at the Tamar Bakery in Callington. The Cornish Savoury Expansion Project involves an investment of over £13 million into the Callington site, with the construction of an extension to the bakery and also the purchase of new state of the art equipment. The project has been partly funded by investment from the European Objective One programme and Defra, totalling £5.25 million, but represents a further significant private sector investment by one of Cornwall's largest employers, The Samworth Brothers Group.

Tamar Foods, whose customers include some of the UK's largest supermarkets, already purchases over £1.5 million of local produce as ingredients for its wide range of products. The company believes this new investment will create additional opportunities for local agricultural producers.

The extension to the production areas, designed by Mitchell Architects, Plymouth, is an innovative design to maximise the capacity and limited space available on the site. The actual construction, undertaken by Dean & Dyball, has been highly complex, requiring that the bakery remained fully operational during construction, whilst also ensuring that Tamar Foods continued to maintain the highest environmental, health and safety and hygiene standards.

Managing Director Peter Quinn, said "This investment into Cornwall by Samworth Brothers would not have been possible without the full commitment of every single employee of the business." He also paid credit to Business Location Services for their support during the project. As a result of the project Tamar Foods has expanded and enhanced its production facilities, which has assisted the business to attract new customers and will enable the business to diversify its savoury product range, introducing more locally sourced ingredients.

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, said: "This major investment, by Objective One, Defra and the Samworth Brothers Group shows confidence in the growing demand for food made with top quality Cornish produce. This expansion will create jobs not only directly via Tamar Foods but by increasing business for Cornwall's food producers."

Tamar Foods has already recruited additional staff and further opportunities will arise as a result of the increase production capacity. Samworth Brothers, perhaps best known through its Ginsters Brand, has been delighted with the development of its Cornish divisions which all continue to work closely with local suppliers and now boast most of the UK's largest supermarkets as its customers.

For further information please contact Kirstin Hawkins on 01579 389426 or email: Kirstin.Hawkins@tamarfoods.co.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested the Tamar Foods Cornish Savoury Expansion project through the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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