Tulip investment to create 80 jobs at BBQ plant

Tulip Ltd has created 80 new jobs with a £2.3 million investment in a new production facilty in the Midlands, which is dedicated to BBQ, slow-cooked and pulled meat products.

The plant, at the 3,000 square metre site in Wednesbury in the Black Country, was acquired as part of Tulip’s purchase of Parkham Foods in 2011. The site, which has new preparation equipment, smoking ovens and an ‘innovative’ packing line, will initially employ 80 people, with the head count expected to grow as volumes increase.

Chief executive Chris Thomas said: “It is always good news when you are able to create additional jobs and the opening of this new facility in Wednesbury really serves to underline Tulip’s commitment to investing in growth areas.”

Tulip’s new investment is believed to be the largest dedicated BBQ, slow-cooked and pulled meat single site facility in the UK, and it will be working with sales and marketing specialist HFR Foods.
 
Thomas added: “The emergence of ‘street food’ and the influence of American cuisine, such as shredded and pulled meats, have been really big news over the past 12 months and Tulip has been leading the way in bringing this type of product to a wider market. We expect to see this trend develop further as consumers continue to look for exciting food solutions that are packed with flavour and easy to prepare.”

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