Saturday, June 12, 2021

Heinz tomato sauce manufacturing to return to UK

Kraft Heinz is planning to make a £140 million investment in Kitt Green, Europe’s largest food manufacturing facility located near Wigan, in the North-West of the UK.

This would be the biggest Kraft Heinz investment in over two decades in an existing manufacturing site outside of the US and could create up to 50 new full-time positions.

The investment will be focused on further modernising the manufacturing capabilities of the site over the next four years, focused around three key pillars; bringing Heinz sauce manufacturing back to the UK to build additional European capacity, further upgrading machinery and driving the plant to deliver its ESG commitments.

The Kitt Green plan is a strong vote of confidence in post-Brexit Britain, aligning with the UK Government’s levelling up agenda and is a demonstration of Kraft Heinz’s commitment to the UK and its food manufacturing capabilities.

Kitt Green currently produces 1.3 billion cans of food per year, of which 94% is consumed in the UK. Iconic Kraft Heinz brands including Heinz Beanz, Soups and Pasta will continue to be produced at the Kitt Green site for the UK market.

Plans to bring sauce manufacturing for products such as Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Mayonnaise and Salad Cream are designed to meet the demand from a new generation of UK consumers.

The investment will also fund updated manufacturing equipment and technology, the first of its kind across the Kraft Heinz network.

Kitt Green will become much more of a modern facility producing premium products of higher quality with its new machinery.

With this, the site will minimise the use of non-renewable sources, producing items that are fully recyclable and ultimately helping to considerably reduce the site’s CO2 footprint, aligning with its ESG commitments.

To enable employees to operate this machinery, Kitt Green will be providing upskilling opportunities whilst envisaging the creation of up to 50 new full-time positions.

Luis Spinardi, Site Director at Kitt Green said: “This is a very exciting time for Kitt Green and I am proud that the potential for the site to grow and modernize is being recognized.

“As a result of this proposed investment, we are now in the fortunate position where Kitt Green can become a much more modern facility and our teams will have the ability to adopt more contemporary ways of working whilst exemplifying the highest global standards for food manufacturing.

“Not only are we excited to be expanding our product mix by bringing sauces back to the UK but also look forward to a more efficient facility with a sustainable future.”

Joe Clarke, National Official, Food Drink and Agriculture, Unite the Union, said: “Brexit and near the end of a global pandemic, this is tremendous news for the hard-working members at Kraft Heinz and reflects the exceptional cooperative working that has been built upon over many years especially over the past 12 months with everybody pulling together through Covid, keeping the nation fed throughout the global pandemic. Here’s just rewards for everybody’s hard work and effort.”

Gerry Grimstone, Minister for Investment said: “Whether you’re a Heinz Mayonnaise or Ketchup fan, the Kraft Heinz investment is a vote of confidence in the UK economy from a major US firm and a boost that will mean jobs and growth for the local economy in Wigan.

“The US is a key trading partner and we are committed to striking an ambitious trade deal that opens up new opportunities for our businesses, brings in more investment and creates better jobs for people across the whole of the country.”

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