A new £30m food plant is to be built in Norfolk creating more than 100 new jobs.
The firm 2 Sisters Food Group, which provides meat products to supermarkets across the country, is converting a warehouse in Caxton Way, Thetford.
The company said that if the factory proved a success another 200 jobs could be created in the future.
The firm, which produces Devonshire Red brand chicken products, said the new plant is due to open in spring 2011.
Eddie Power, managing director of 2 Sisters UK, said: "We are very excited about the prospects of opening our new Thetford factory.
"This will enable us to offer customers an exciting new range of healthy and nutritious coated food products, alongside our existing bestselling lines.
"Thetford will be highly automated with technological and environmental advances that will set the standard in sustainable design and environmental performance."
The 2 sisters Food Group employs about 7,000 people in 10 sites in the UK and has a turnover of about £1bn.