One of Cambridgeshire’s leading food supply chain specialists opened its doors to members of local and central government to showcase the inner workings of their purpose built processing and repack facilities in Newmarket. Susanne Devanney from the Department for International Trade (DIT), MP Lucy Frazer and a number of East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) Councillors were given a tour of the premises which produces a wide range of chilled and frozen products for the retail, food service and ingredients markets.
Mark Cheadle, Managing Director at CP Foods (UK) Limited, said: “We were delighted to welcome Susanne, Lucy and all the ECDC delegates to our Newmarket facility. Having the support of the DIT and local government officers is important to our continued investment in the area. It was a good opportunity for us to showcase our operations here in the UK and to demonstrate the global reach and growth opportunities we have from being part of one of the world’s leading listed agro-industrial food conglomerates, Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited.”
CP Foods (UK) Ltd has invested heavily in the local area, with the construction of two state-of-the-art sites over 35,000 ft2. Utilising the skills of local workers, the company employs over 220 staff in a variety of roles. Operations run 24/7 and produce more than 36 million packs each year.
MP Lucy Frazer said “It was a pleasure to visit CP Foods (UK) Limited and take a fascinating tour of their facilities at Fordham Road, Newmarket. CP Foods is an important local employer and one of the region’s leading food supply chain specialists and it was great to have the opportunity to meet with its staff and senior management – we discussed, amongst other things, Brexit and the challenges facing the industry. Thank you to CP Foods for inviting me.”
Councillor Steve Cheetham, service delivery champion for economic development at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “It is so encouraging to see businesses like CP Foods investing and growing within East Cambridgeshire. Enterprise East Cambridgeshire is highly focused on increasing the region’s strong business reputation and CP Foods is a prime example of the high calibre of businesses in the district. I wish them all the very best for the future.”
Enterprise East Cambridgeshire aims to encourage, support and deliver business initiatives that increase sustainable economic growth and inward investment. Located in one of the fastest growing regions outside of London, the area is strategically positioned to dominate regional economic development over the next 20 years.