Meal Solutions produces a range of products including ready meals, soups and sauces, sandwiches, pizza, hot cross buns plus chilled and frozen fish. The division is wholly focused on own label products.
There are eight sites in the division:
- Cavaghan & Gray (Carlisle)
- Five Star Fish (Grimsby)
- Gunstones Bakery (Sheffield)
- Grimsby Soups and Sauces (Grimsby)
- Pennine Foods (Sheffield)
- RF Brookes (Rogerstone)
- Solway Foods, Manton Wood (Nottinghamshire)
- The Pizza Factory (Nottingham)
Cavaghan and Gray
Brunel House, Brunel Way, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 3NQ
The business was formed in 1912 and was known as Cavaghan, Collin & Gray. They were originally farmers and meat processors.
By the early 1970s, the company launched three of the first-ever prepared ready meal products including cauliflower cheese, cottage pie and Cumberland pie.
In 2012, C&G celebrated its 100 year anniversary.
Five Star Fish – Grimsby
Great Grimsby Business Park, Athenian Way, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN37 9SY
Five Star Fish was formed in the 1980s with the original aim to supply frozen coated fish to the foodservice market, moving into retail in 2008 by packing the Green Isle Donegal Catch brand.
In 2012 Five Star moved into the supply of chilled coated fish coating over 8000Tonnes of fish per annum, with Cod and Haddock being the nations preferred favourites.
Grimsby Soups and Sauces
Unit 1, Pegasus Way, Europarc, Grimsby, DN37 9TS
Grimsby Soups and Sauces produce over 60 products to major retailers.
Stubley Lane, Dronfield, Derbyshire, S18 1PF
The Gunstones family started this business in 1862 and went on to open their first bakery in Sheffield in 1925. In 1950, they built a factory at the current site in Dronfield.
Drakehouse Crescent, Waterthorpe, Sheffield, S20 7JG
Pennine Foods is a purpose built site which has been in Sheffield since 1986.
A number of staff have been with the company from the start, bringing family members to join them over the years.
Pennine produces a range of ready meals including world food dishes such as Chinese and Indian.
Azalea Road, Rogerstone, Gwent, NP10 9SA, Wales
Rogerstone is one of the largest and most advanced food factories in Europe specifically designed for producing chilled and frozen recipe meals.
The technology within the factory enables production of restaurant quality food for the consumer market. Rogerstone produces chilled ready meals such as Indian and Oriental, Italian, traditional British, nutritionally controlled and kids’ ranges.
2 Sisters has invested £10 million into extending the Rogerstone plant. The new Oriental “pod”, which was completed ahead of the Chinese New Year, will act as the foundation for sustained growth.
Solway Foods, Manton Wood
Manton Wood Enterprise Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 2RS
Solway Foods in Manton Wood, Nottinghamshire, was opened in 1999 to produce sandwiches and sushi.
The site produces a combination of sandwiches, wraps and rolls for a major retailer.
Production is met using a combination of semi-automated and hand-fill lines.
The Pizza Factory
Gateside Road, Nottingham, NG2 1LT
The Pizza Factory in Nottingham comprises two sites: a bakery known as Finch Close and a topping site known as Gateside.
Finch Close is the home of the largest wood fired oven which uses volcanic lava stones to stone bake pizzas. This achieves ultra high temperatures to produce exceptional bases.
On average 1 million pizzas are created every week at the Pizza Factory made up of 50 different products.
Pizza Factory produce for two major retailers.