Councillors and senior officers from Bassetlaw District and Nottinghamshire County Councils have been treated to a behind the scenes tour of Cerealto UK’s new purpose built and state of the art factory in Worksop.
Cerealto UK, which is part of an International Group (www.cerealto.com) with eight factories in five different countries, now employs more than 300 people at its factory on Claylands Avenue where it produces Gluten Free snacks, Cereal Bars and Biscuits.
Along with central Government (Regional Growth Fund), both Councils have supported Cerealto in establishing their latest production facility that began trials in 2016.
Michael Harfleet, Chairman of Cerealto UK said; “We were honoured to give our guests a guided tour of our factory, which produces cereal-based products for many well-known companies and retailers both in the UK and around the world.”
“As a company we grow our business through long term partnerships based on trust and reliability with all stakeholders. Local employment and working within the local community is a core value of our business.”
Cllr David Challinor, Chairman of Bassetlaw District Council, said: “Bassetlaw Council, along with County and other partners, worked extremely hard to ensure that Cerealto chose Worksop as their latest home in the UK.
“It’s fascinating to see up close the dedication and expertise of Cerealto staff and the modern technology that goes into making everyday snacks like biscuits and rice cakes. We are delighted to see that in such a short space of time they have already become a major employer in our district making products that will be enjoyed around the world.”
Councillor Sue Saddington, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council said: “I was delighted to see first-hand the success that Cerealto has enjoyed since opening its factory in Worksop. As a county council, working with the company and partners, we helped it to identify a suitable base and offered support in terms of local staff recruitment and it is great to see the progress Cerealto has made and its benefit to the local economy.”
Customers of Cerealto are multi-national brand owners and major retail clients. Cerealto as a group are spending 5% of turnover in Research and Development including work in improving the health values of some of the UK’s iconic products.
This development work is carried out in a dedicated facility in Worksop, supported by their International Research Centre I+DEA based in Spain.
Cerealto recently published their gender pay gap statistics which showed a bias in favour of women, particularly in management. They have also achieved Level 2 in the Government’s Disability Confident initiative.