…targets 1D1F facility
Local bread and confectionery producer, B. Foster will from next year embark on expansion works of the bakery to create additional employment.
The bakery, which currently has 52 staff with a daily production capacity of 2,000 loaves, plans to open regional offices in Kumasi and Sunyani to augment activities at its headquarters in Koforidua.
Speaking to the Goldstreet Business during a courtesy call on management of the bakery by the Eastern Regional Minister and Eastern Regional AGI, Director of B. Foster, Mrs. Beatrice Cofie said major challenges confronting the company is the lack of space for expansion at its current location.
The situation, she explained, has hindered the company from employing more staff to supplement the existing workforce while resorting to the shift operational system.
“We frequently get offers to supply up to 10,000 loaves and sometimes there is the pressure to engage extra hands but the inadequate space is preventing us,” she said.
Established 22 years ago, the B Foster Bakery, a family business between Foster Cofie and Beatrice Cofie, has over the years being successful in the bakery business particularly for creating employment for young people in Koforidua and its adjourning towns.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Kwakye Darfour, commending management of the bakery, explained that it was important for such enterprises to get support from government.
“While planning to expand to Kumasi and Sunyani, I want to advise you to apply for the One District One Factory facility. That initiative is designed to propel small and medium enterprises such as B Foster to expand significantly” he said.
Mrs. Cofie, assured the Minister that her outfit would consider application to access the One District One Factory support in order to expand to other regions.
By Wisdom Jonny-Nuekpe