2 Sisters Food Group’s prepared meals factory in Rogerstone is creating 180 new jobs in a major boost to the region following the consumer shopping habit changes from the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
The new roles come with the anticipated seasonal uplift for the manufacturer as 30 new recipes are launched for the autumn such as Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta Bake, Flaming Chicken Masala with Pilau Rice and a Christmas special: Mountain Cheese Bake.
The new roles are spread across several departments, ranging from Operatives, Hopper Operatives, Machine Minder, Quality Assessor, Senior Operatives, Material Controllers, Hygiene Operative, Plant Operative and an Industrial Chef.
Two years ago, the burgeoning Prepared Meals business, of which RF Brookes is a major part – invested £7m in a new state-of-the art vegetable processing facility elsewhere in the UK, which included new cooling tunnels, steam-injected kettles for cooking and cooling sauces, new coating systems and two new automated packing lines.
Andrew David, Head of HR, at Rogerstone said: “We have a large number of new roles that have come about as our business continues to grow with consumer demand. Following the height of the pandemic where demand fluctuated, customer orders have now stabilised and as we enter the autumn and winter season, demand for our products will continue to rise. We therefore seek people to produce our high quality meals that our customers love.”
Steve Bowling, site director, added: “In the past 6 weeks we have seen our volume grow by circa 30%, we have seen our box meals double in sales creating the fast hike in production, therefore creating the additional jobs.”