Fears grow for Chappell's future
Fears are growing over the future of the second-biggest producer of Melton Mowbray pork pies following reports that the factory had closed.
Chappell’s Fine Foods in Wigston is one of only nine companies in and around Leicestershire entitled to make the famous pork pies. Its factory has recently closed, causing other firms to work over-time to meet demand.
The company, which employs 12 people, changed ownership earlier this year after food industry veteran Ian Nicholls acquired it for an undisclosed figure from David Chappell, who founded the firm in the early 1970s.
Back in May, Nicholls vowed to quadruple turnover and double the workforce, taking advantage of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie’s protected geographical indication status.
Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, said: “I’d heard about it because their customers were contacting other association members asking for supplies of pies. It’s not a good time of year for this to happen - we hope that no-one will miss out as it is traditional in the area to have a Melton Mowbray pork pie on Christmas morning.”
No-one at Chappell’s Fine Foods was available for comment.