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Northumbrian Fine Foods (NFF) partners with Westray Recruitment Group for over 50 jobs

NORTH EAST based biscuit manufacturer, Northumbrian Fine Foods, has announced over 50 new permanent vacancies at its Gateshead based factory, after seeing significant growth year on year.

Northumbrian Fine Foods has been producing high quality biscuits for more than 80 years from its bakery in the Team Valley and is the UK’s largest gluten-free and milk-free sweet biscuit manufacturer, making both supermarket own-label and Prewett’s branded products.

Growth has been driven by the company’s strong performance within the gluten free biscuit & cookies category, partly fuelled by increasing numbers of ‘healthy lifestyle shoppers’ choosing a diet free from gluten. The firm has also strengthened its co-manufacturing business, now producing on behalf of some of the nation’s best-known brands, all of which has led to sales turnover twice doubling between 2014 and 2021.

On top of the opportunity to grow our free-from business in the UK, since being purchased by Biscuit International in 2018, Northumbrian Fine Foods is now actively exporting high quality free from products right across mainland Europe and worldwide.

Biscuit International is one of the largest private label biscuit manufacturers in Europe with manufacturing sites in France, Spain, Netherlands, and Portugal.

Neil McAndry, managing director of Northumbrian Fine Foods said: “NFF have outperformed the market increasing sales significantly vs. the same period last year and represent a strong driver of growth within the category. Driven by our role as a ‘centre of excellence’ in free-from production we have enjoyed increasing demand for our products over the last few years. As a result of this growth, we have made the decision to expand our operating hours by 20 percent, creating over 50 new roles right here in the North East.”

“We’ve continued to invest in our Gateshead manufacturing facilities and in the local team we employ, we are in the process of rolling out a best-in-class training & development programme for the operational workforce that will give everyone the chance to learn and progress within the business. It is really important that we look after our employees and ensure we provide everyone with the opportunity to develop and progress.”

“We are an inclusive organisation and we would encourage anyone willing to work hard and be part of a growing and exciting team to apply for a role with us. We are keen to hear from individuals who want to develop themselves and those looking to continually build on their current skill set. The company’s growth is a direct result of the dedication and resilience of the Northumbrian Fine Foods workforce and we will continue to invest in our people as demand for our products increases.”

The roles, including bakery operations and office-based vacancies are being created as the company responds to increasing demand for their free-from biscuits and cookies from major retailers including Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Tesco in the UK, and across Europe.

The business is particularly interested in talking to people with food manufacturing experience especially flow wrap operators, batch mixers and depositor/oven operators. In addition to several packing vacancies, they will also be recruiting more front-line supervisors.

Northumbrian Fine Foods have enjoyed a long standing relationship with their trusted partner Westray Recruitment Group, the Team Valley based operational staffing and recruitment consultancy, who will be responsible for recruitment of the new roles.

Maureen Wright, Managing Director of Westray Recruitment Group, said: "We are delighted with the partnership with NFF and being selected to support their continued success. As a business we pride ourselves on client service and this opportunity gives us the chance to show again our best in class service of how Westray can support clients and attract great people to help their business grow".

As part of the partnership you will see a continued stream of co-branded content, video and media in support of this campaign to help people #StartSomethingAmazing.

To find out more and/or apply, please contact them on 0191 492 6622 or by email via [email protected]


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