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Bakery boost to Siliguri food park

Siliguri, Feb. 9: The first major industrial investment of the year in the region has been made in the bakery sector and at a food park here.

The Saj Industries Pvt Ltd, a Calcutta-based confectionery producing biscuits of Bisk Farm brand, is setting up its third factory in Bengal — the first in north Bengal — at the Leusipokhri Food Park in Phansidewa, 10km from here, for Rs 45 crore.

“The company is a key player to set up a production unit at the food park we are developing at Phansidewa. We hope to get more entrepreneurs for the park,” state urban development Asok Bhattacharya said. “Both direct and indirect employment will be generated and mostly the local people will be recruited.”

The company, a unit of the Aparna Group of Companies, runs two production centres at Sankrail Food Park at Dhulagarh and at Uluberia Industrial Centre, both in Howrah.

At present, a source said, the company produces at least 50 varieties of biscuits and other products like cookies, cakes, rusks and pastries. They have also tied up with Nestle India to make noodles for eastern India.

The company plans to employ over 1,000 people at the Phansidewa factory that is expected to start production by September. The foundation stone was laid last week. The unit will produce 4,000 tonnes of biscuits and 500 tonnes of other bakery products daily.

“There is good potential for quality bakery products in north Bengal and the neighbouring areas,” Arpan Paul, the director of the company, said. “We have thought of expanding our market and meeting the demands for our packaged products in north Bengal, Northeast and Bihar.”

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