Christmas has come early for marzipan and sugar maker Real Good Food, as it commits millions of pounds into its Liverpool factory to create jobs.
RGF’s Renshaw factory in Crown Street, Toxteth , is responsible for producing 90% of the marzipan sold in the UK’s shops and supermarkets, and is known by cake decorators across the country for colourful sugar paste.
Now, the Liverpool Echo reports that RGF intends to invest £7m in its Liverpool site, in a move that could see a new warehouse built off Upper Parliament Street.
Employment at the site varies throughout the year, with hundreds employed there at peak periods when the factory is preparing for the Christmas rush.
Marketing director Andrew Brown said: “It’s a pretty big investment which will take place over the next two years at least.
“We’ve got planning permission to put a new warehouse up at the site. That will give us space in the current factory to put up two production lines, one for sugar icing and one for discs.
“We’re also investing in our sugar milling capacity, which is critical to our production.
“The investment will certainly secure jobs for the future.
“One thing we would hope to do it have more full-time jobs. At the moment we have a lot of temporary workers. This investment will enable us to flatten our production process (over the course of a year).”
Mr Brown said Renshaw’s growth would come from overseas sales, particularly in the US.
“We export over 25% of our sales. Much of that growth will come from exports.
“We set up a depot in New Jersey last year, and we’re now selling direct from there to the American market.”
The group also owns the Rainbow Dust food colourings plant in Preston.