A NEW multi-million pound food factory will create hundreds of jobs in Thetford.
Chicken producer 2 Sisters will open the £30 million state of the art factory on the industrial estate in Caxton Way this spring.
The site is expected to generate more than 100 jobs when it launches, with the possibility of another 200 in the future.
Local business leaders have hailed the move as a boost to the town’s economy.
The new facility will act as a platform for growth for the company’s prepared foods division over the next decade.
It will also showcase technological and environmental advances.
The company already has a factory in Haughley Park, near Stowmarket.
Eddie Power, managing director of 2 Sisters, said: “We are very excited about the prospects of opening our new Thetford factory.
“This will enable us to offer customers an exciting new range of healthy and nutritious coated food products, alongside our existing best-selling lines.
“Over recent years we have sought to minimise our carbon footprint by reducing our distribution emissions and lowering our energy usage.
“Thetford will be highly automated with technological and environmental advances that will set the standard in sustainable design and environmental performance.
“We believe we are the first food business to open a new coated protein factory of this scale in the UK for almost 10 years.
“Our aim is to deliver significant environmental benefits as well as revolutionise the production of coated foods available in the UK.
“We expect the new site to generate over 100 jobs when it opens, with the potential of another 200 jobs in the future.”
The Thetford Business Forum has praised the development.
Spokesman Mike Brown said: “The company has long been associated with this area in the production of poultry.
“We are delighted that they have cemented this relationship with Thetford by making such a substantial investment.”
The company purchased the site in Thetford last year and it is currently being developed.
Established in 1993 by CEO Ranjit Singh, 2 Sisters is a privately owned company.
It supplies retail, food service and manufacturing companies worldwide from sites in the UK and Holland.
The group employs nearly 7,000 people and has a turnover of more than £1 billion.