Expanding pizza business may increase UK base

Posted on 6 Mar 2009 by The Manufacturer

The Ristorante Pizza maker Dr Oetker has said it is reportedly considering moving some production from Germany to Lancashire, having bought Schwan’s pizza production plant in Leyland and the Chicago Town brand.

Foodmanufacture.co.uk said this would mean more staff at the plant and a seven-day working week.

There are also plans for a “huge takeaway project” in the UK in the offing and the company has also bought the trademark licences for the Freschetta and Tony’s trademarks. These too were bought from the USA-based Schwann.

A spokeswoman said an announcement on production changes and the takeaway project will be made “in due course”.

Dr Oetker also makes yoghurt and frozen desserts under its Onken brand and home baking products which are branded SuperCook.