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Meal Solutions

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)
  • Pennine Foods (Sheffield)
  • Recipe Dish Soups (Grimsby)
  • 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. In 1962, C&G commenced supply to M&S.

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 and 50 year anniversary of supplying M&S.


  • M&S ultimate mash
  • M&S steak meal for one
  • M&S cottage pie meal
  • M&S fuller longer meatballs & Spaghetti
  • M&S cauliflower cheese

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. Now a major supply of frozen coated fish to both retail and foodservice customers including the likes of Iceland, Morrisons, Brakes, 3663 and JD Wetherspoons.

In 2012 Five Star moved into the supply of chilled coated fish and supplies a product range for Morrisons includes versions of breaded haddock, breaded cod and breaded plaice fillets as well as breaded haddock goujons and chunky breaded cod fillets. Coating over 8000T of fish per annum, with Cod and Haddock being the nations preferred favourites.

  • Chilled coated fish
  • Breaded haddock
  • Breaded cod 
  • Breaded plaice fillets 
  • Breaded haddock goujons 
  • Chunky breaded cod 

Gunstones Bakery

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.  

There is a chilled factory and a bakery at this site. The chilled factory manufactures sandwiches, rolls and sushi. The bakery manufactures a variety of bread rolls, hot cross buns, iced buns and garlic bread.

  • Luxury hot cross buns
  • Mini roll selection
  • Roast chicken salad
  • Sushi

Pennine Foods

Drakehouse Crescent, Waterthorpe, Sheffield, S20 7JG

Pennine Foods is a purpose built site which has been in Sheffield on Drakehouse Crescent since 1986.

A number of staff have been with the company from the start, bringing family members to join them over the years.

Pennine’s main customer is M&S, who the company produces a range of ready meals including world food dishes such as Chinese and Indian.

  • Chinese crispy favourites box
  • Battered sweet & sour chicken fillets
  • Beef & black bean sauce
  • Crispy prawns & sweet chilli
  • Battered sweet chilli chicken fillet

Recipe Dish, Grimsby

Unit 1, Pegasus Way, Europarc, Grimsby, DN37 9TS

Recipe Dish in Grimsby Is the sole supplier of chilled soup to M&S and third party supplier to Scot Beef for the M&S Cook range.

The facility has the capability to produce hot and cold filled products.

The average weekly tonnage is 100 tonnes during the summer. In winter, weekly volume increases to around 350 tonnes.

  • Tomato & basil soup
  • Butternut squash soup
  • Chicken & spring vegetable soup
  • Chicken mushroom & rice soup
  • Country vegetable soup


Azalea Road, Rogerstone, Gwent, NP10 9SA, Wales

Brookes Avana 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.

The M&S Bistro ‘confit of duck’ and M&S Indian range are just two examples of the ready meals made here.

  • M&S chicken tikka masala
  • M&S Chilli con carne & rice
  • JDW Half beef joint
  • M&S Chicken Jalfrezi
  • M&S Roast chicken mini meal

Solway Food, 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.

Manton Wood supplies over 85 million units per year into Tesco, a combination of sandwiches, wraps and rolls. 

Production is met using a combination of semi-automated and hand-fill lines. The site has achieved a blue audit status (the highest standard) against the Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard for the second year in a row. 

  • Prawn mayo sandwich
  • Chicken salad sandwich
  • Tuna and cucumber sandwich
  • Deli meat feast sub roll
  • Hoisin duck wrap

The Pizza Factory

Gateside Road, Nottingham, NG2 1LT

The Pizza Factory in Nottingham comprises two sites: bakery known as Finch Close and topping 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. The ball and pin, hot press and woodfired oven process is exclusive to Pizza Factory and offers a premium unique selling point.On average 1.2 million pizzas are created every week at the Pizza Factory made up of 80 different products.

Pizza Factory has three key customers: Tesco, Aldi and M&S. The largest customer is Tesco and the range for Tesco includes: Finest, takeaway, deep, thin crust and kids’ pizzas.

Pizza Factory also produces two own brand pizzas: Napoli & Prima Fresco.

  • Thin cheese feast
  • Thin pepperoni
  • Deep BBQ chicken
  • Finest ham mushroom & mascarpone
  • Finest tomato, mozzarella & basil