Historic Hull firm William Jackson Food Group to expand with new £40m bakery

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Dec 2017

Hull-based William Jackson Food Group is investing £40m in a second bakery to support the growth of its main bakery in Derringham Street.

The Hull family baking firm is expanding nationally, building the new bakery in Corby, Northamptonshire to satisfy growing demand for Jacksons bread.

Currently two million loaves are made in at the Derringham Street site in west Hull every week for sandwich manufacturing and food service customers.

The new state-of-the-art bakery is being designed specifically to make bread for sandwich manufacturers.

Norman Soutar, CEO of the family-owned group, said the firm will continue to invest in its main Hull bakery as it grows.

He said: “The group and its family shareholders have invested significantly in the Hull bakery over recent years, and indeed continue to invest in the Hull site.

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“We take a long-term approach to the individual businesses in the group, allowing them time to grow and develop and we’re very much looking forward to seeing how the next chapter of the bakery’s life unfolds.”

Jacksons, which has baked bread on the same site in Hull since 1907, is part of the family-owned William Jackson Food Group, which also owns Aunt Bessie’s, nationwide organic grocer Abel & Cole, prepared vegetable business MyFresh and healthy snacking brand The Food Doctor.

Simon Ball, managing director for Jacksons, added that there is a “buzz” around the business about the expansion which will build on its work in Hull.

He said: “The new bakery will help us grow as a business and allow us to build on the great work we do in Hull.

“We have a brilliant team working on the expansion project, and there’s a real buzz of excitement right across our business as we have the opportunity to create something really special which will be at the forefront of bread-making in the UK.”

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In addition to making 70 per cent of the bread used in UK prepared sandwiches, the business makes branded bread for sale in UK supermarkets - the Jackson’s Yorkshire’s Champion loaf, which has grown every year since its launch in 2012.

The Yorkshire Champion brand will continue to be produced at the Hull bakery, as the firm invests in its Yorkshire base.

The group has invested more than £20m in the Derringham Street bakery, which employs 460 people, in the past six years.

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