The management of the famous Asian snack Cofresh is investing £20 million in a new factory and warehouse following years of significant growth and expansion.
A new site in Nuneaton has been bought, to complement its existing factory in Menzies Road, off Abbey Lane, Leicester.
The Menzies Road site will continue to specialise in traditional Indian snacks while the new facility, will be dedicated to the manufacture of the Eat Real healthier brand, which already makes up a substantial part of the business.
Managing director Priyesh Patel said: “We’re delighted to be taking this hugely significant step in the development of our business.
“Nuneaton’s central location is well-placed for our customer base and offers a great infrastructure and easy access from our primary location in nearby Leicester, while the site itself is perfect for our immediate needs and offers great potential for our ambitious business growth.”
Nuneaton MP Marcus Jones, members of the Cofresh senior management team and financial advisers from HSBC Bank and accountants Haines Watts visited the new factory to mark the acquisition of the site.
Mr Jones said: “I’m delighted to welcome this long-standing family business to Nuneaton.
“Cofresh and its Eat Real brand are expanding rapidly and I very much welcome this significant investment and creation of new jobs on a site which has been vacant for some time.”
Cofresh Snack Foods was established in 1974 and now claims to be the UK’s number one Indian snack brand.
Eat Real was launched in 2015 in response to growing demand for ‘free from’ and vegan snacks, and includes hummus, lentil and quinoa chips, quinoa puffs and veggie straws.
The Patels spent their savings on a fish and chip shop in Leicester and used the fryers – often in the middle of the night – to make Indian snacks.