Managing director Simon Ball said: "We're really pleased about the expansion because not only will it boost the local economy, it also means we are a step closer to our aim of being the preferred choice of ready-to-eat fresh salad and speciality products. Our plans are to expand the factory so that we can install two new lines, bringing the total number up to 10."
The news of the extension was announced at a positive time for Hazeldene, which sources 72 per cent of its salad leaves from growers based within 20 miles of its factory during the summer, as it celebrates five years in its current site in Wigan.
Ball added: "The past five years in the area have been really significant for us - we have strived to embrace the local community and are continuing to make improvements to become an employer of choice. Additionally, since our move to Wigan, we have increased our sales by 176 per cent."
The company, which was established in 1990, was recently crowned business of the year at the Wigan Business Awards and was a finalist in three categories at the Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2010.
The expansion is due to be completed by May to fit in with the start of the summer salad season. Details of future employment opportunities are available on Hazeldene's website.
- See www.hazeldene.co.uk