A COMPANY who owns the iconic Mr Kipling bakery business has pledged to invest £20m into its Barnsley manufacturing site.

Premier Foods said it would invest in building a new production and packing line at the site on Fish Dam Lane, Carlton.

The factory employs about 680 people, but it's able to accommodate up to 980 for seasonal work. It's hoped the investment will also create new jobs.

The all-new line will be capable of producing 300 million cake slices a year - doubling the company’s current capacity.

Jason Ramsay, factory general manager for the Carlton site, said: "This investment is a strong vote of confidence by Premier Foods in the Carlton site and the Carlton workforce.

"We have been manufacturing Mr Kipling cakes at Carlton since 1975 and this latest news is a huge boost for all of us."

Cllr Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for development, environment and culture, said: "Barnsley Council is delighted to hear this great news, both for Barnsley and for the employees of the Carlton factory.

"This investment will no doubt be a huge boost to those working at the factory, as well as having a positive impact on our local economy and community.

"This also shows Barnsley is open for business."