Bacon firm expands its site on business park

The G Space 60 distribution unit on the Saxham Business Park has been taken on by Direct Table Foods
The G Space 60 distribution unit on the Saxham Business Park has been taken on by Direct Table Foods
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A BACON manufacturer has bought a distribution building as part of its plans to expand and create new jobs.

Direct Table Foods, on the Saxham Business Park, has bought the freehold of the nearby G Space 60 distribution unit from developers Gladman Developments for £2.9 million.

The sale was handled by Strutt and Parker.

The 58,628sqft unit brings the area occupied by Direct Table Foods at Saxham up to 186,000sqft and enables it to move distribution out of its existing building, freeing up space to expand manufacturing.

The company said it would be creating more jobs but cannot yet say how many.

Tony Stanton, managing director of Direct Table Foods, said: “Saxham Business Park has proved to be an immensely successful base for our expanding operations and we are extremely pleased that Gladman has been able to facilitate further expansion at the park.”

Direct Table Foods is part of the Danish TiCan Group and was started by the Stanton family trading from London’s Smithfield meat market in the 1950s. It began making its own meat products in 1972 and by the 1980s had become a leading bacon producer and one of the first manufacturers to supply Sainsbury’s with pre-packed bacon.

Its Bury St Edmunds factory was destroyed by a fire in 2004 but in 2006 the company took on an 85,000sqft unit at Saxham Business Park, which it extended by 43,000sqft in 2008.

The new unit now means Direct Table Foods take over from Century Logistics as the occupier of the most space at Saxham.

Century’s 140,000sqft building, which it has occupied since October 2010, was developed by Gladman alongside the G Space 60 building.

Other businesses on the park, with its easy access via the A14 to Felixstowe doscks and the Midlands, include agricultural machinery manufacturers Claas UK, French freight transport and logistics company Norbert Dentressangle and the powertool manufacturer TTS Tooltechnic Systems GB.