Kraft Heinz has announced plans to move the production of its iconic sauces back to Brexit Britain, investing £140 million over four years in food manufacturing plant in Wigan.
British favourites such as tomato ketchup, mayonnaise and salad cream will once again be produced on British soil in one of the biggest investments in British manufacturing since Brexit and the Kraft Heinz’s biggest expansion in a production facility outside of the United States for over twenty years.
Already home to the production of Heinz greats such as soup and beans, the Kitt Green plant on the outskirts of Wigan will be upgraded to accommodate the production of sauces in a move that will also create at least 50 jobs.
Luis Spinardi, the site director, said: “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 while exemplifying the highest global standards for food manufacturing.”
Gerry Grimstone, the investment minister, 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 move frm Kraft Heinz joins a number of other encouraging manufacturing announcements from last week. Italian tissue manufacturer ICT announced plans to establish a new base in Deeside, north Wales in a move that will create 229 jobs.
American company Innova Medical will create 300 jobs when it sets up its first rapid Covid-19 lateral flow test-making factory in south Wales, whilst 120 jobs will be created with the formal opening of the new production line for the British Army’s latest armoured vehicle, the Boxer.