Work begins on Ryvita cracker factory in Lincolnshire

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Artist impression of Ryvita's factory, which is expected to be completed in the summer and fully operational by next spring

Work has begun on a £55m cracker factory in Lincolnshire which is expected to create 100 jobs.

Ryvita, owned by Associated British Foods (ABF), is building a baking and distribution operation on the site of a former sugar factory in Bardney.

The company said it expected it to be open by spring 2018.

Site manager Graham Evans said the company was "seeing massive export growth" in its products and needed to expand production.

"We really want to produce more so we need extra capacity to do that," he said.

"This [factory] will act as a sister site to our current manufacturing in Poole.

"So we're looking to create a hundred jobs here across operations, engineering and warehouse. We're looking particularly in the local area."

Mr Evans said recruitment had already started for a number of positions.

Shona Ambrose, who runs a coffee shop in Bardney, said: "I think anything that is starting to bring the village back to life is absolutely amazing.

"We've actually already started getting business from the workers that are there because they come in for takeaway coffees and cakes," she added.

British Sugar ended its production at the Station Road factory in 2001 after 70 years, although the site is still being used by The Silver Spoon Company as a packaging and storage facility. Both firms are also owned by ABF.