Noble Foods unveils culinary facility as a cornerstone of multi-million-pound expansion

Noble Foods is embarking on its next venture with a substantial investment in an added-value manufacturing site.

In addition to recent acquisitions in animal feed and agriculture, the UK egg producer said the strategic move, set to begin production in the summer in Leicestershire, signifies Noble Foods’ decision to diversify its offerings and expand its consumer foods business beyond traditional shell egg.

The new 10,000sq metre manufacturing site will introduce a range of pre-prepared foods using eggs. At its peak, the site has the potential to use over 1.6 million eggs per week.

Aimed at the retail, quick service restaurant (QSR) and wholesale market, foods including omelettes, egg bites, and frittatas will be made at the site, with a pipeline of new egg-products already in development.

Will Cadbury, added value business lead at Noble Foods, said he is excited that the new investment will help the business realise the ambition to create more egg-based foods, in different formats.

“We already know that eggs are one of the most versatile and nutritious foods, with the lowest carbon output of any animal protein”, Cadbury continued. “This aligns brilliantly with our purpose ‘To better nourish people, animals and planet’ and our investment will really help to accelerate that, by providing more eggs, for more people, on more occasions.”

The Leicestershire manufacturing site, formerly dedicated to producing high-quality desserts, will offer up to 150 jobs in its phased opening and adds a new dimension to Noble Foods’ diverse portfolio, which already includes shell and liquid egg, animal feed, poultry, green energy, and agriculture businesses.

“Opening a new facility is a big moment for all of us at Noble Foods and I can’t wait to see the products coming off the line in the coming months. It’s fantastic that our investment will create new jobs in Leicestershire too, and opportunities for colleagues to develop their careers. We will be bringing nutritious and convenient products to our customers, several of whom already share our excitement. Combining our deep understanding of farm to fork, along with food and manufacturing experience, gives our customers the confidence they’ll be benefiting from qualities synonymous with Noble Foods,” Cadbury said.

David Parker, who joined Noble Foods in September 2022 as commercial development chef, will play a strategic role in steering the added-value venture forwards.

“The investment is an incredible addition to our capabilities and will open more opportunities for cooked egg products across the retail and OOH markets”, confirmed Parker.

“We are lucky to supply one of nature’s most nutrient dense foods which can work across all meal occasions. By combining food trends, along with category and marketing expertise with Noble Foods’ new investment, we are gearing up to launch exciting new meal and snack solutions for the UK consumer market.”

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