Dr. Oetker completes major investment project at Leyland facility

Dr. Oetker UK has completed a £30m capital investment programme in Leyland which may see the production capabilities at the Lancashire facility double.

The facility, which is celebrating ten years in the town, produces popular pizza brands, Chicago Town and Dr. Oetker Ristorante, for the UK and international markets has increased total capacity with the introduction of a new production line for its popular Chicago Town Deep Dish pizzas, new raw materials storage capacity and new technology which results in faster and more efficient freezing.

The new line was officially opened by Mayor of South Ribble, Cllr John Rainsbury and attended by Dr. Oetker Executive board members as well as representatives from the department of Trade and Industry and the German Embassy in the UK.

The continued investment in the Moss Lane facility throughout the last 10 years has resulted in more job opportunities and has seen the business swell numbers from 360 to 440 people.

Speaking about the investment, Georg Heerdegen Parsbo, Managing Director at Dr. Oetker UK said: “Dr. Oetker is incredibly proud of our world-class facility and our  new investment means we can continue to meet the demands for our great tasting pizzas both here in the UK and overseas.  Dr. Oetker philosophy of “Quality is the Best Recipe” is at the heart of the business and our investment demonstrates a clear commitment to the UK business and the future of pizza manufacturing in our Leyland facility.

“We are very grateful to the South Ribble Council and support of the local community without whom our expansion would not have been possible.”