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McVities ‘biscuit shortage’ due to end soon

08 March 2016

United Biscuits has said its Carlisle factory that was hit by flooding late last year is almost back to full production.

The manufacturer of brands like McVities, Jacob’s, Carr’s and Crawford’s, said its products would likely return to supermarket shelves by the end of March. 

The Carlisle factory was forced to close on December 5 after floods from Storm Desmond caused damage to electrical equipment and ovens. 

Since then, 540 tonnes of debris have been shifted from the factory and all employees have returned to work. The company said that normal production would begin “very soon”.

The factory produces 250,000 Ginger Nuts every hour.  

“The flooding in northern England at the end of last year was devastating for thousands of people and businesses in the area, and the impact was felt across the UK,” said Mike Heaney, Factory General Manager at United Biscuits.

“Since the floods we have seen extensive coverage in the media around the ‘biscuit shortage’ with consumers wanting our products back on shelves as quickly as possible. This encouragement from our loyal biscuit fans has kept our teams going and we thank everyone for their support. We also appreciate the collaboration from our retail and trade customers.

“It’s been awful not to be baking biscuits, so we thank everyone that has helped us along the way to get production back up and running. We’re extremely proud of how employees have come together to support the wider local community raising necessary funds and providing biscuits.”


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