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Kraft Heinz plans £140 million investment in Wigan site

06 June 2021

The Kraft Heinz Company is planning to make a £140 million investment in Kitt Green, Europe’s largest food manufacturing facility located near Wigan. 

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 environmental, social, and governance (ESG) commitments.

Kitt Green currently produces 1.3 billion cans of food per year, of which 94% is consumed in the UK. Brands including Heinz Beanz, Soups and Pasta will continue to be produced at the Kitt Green site for the UK market. Plans to add 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 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 modernise is being recognised. 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. We are excited to be expanding our product mix by bringing sauces back to the UK ad also look forward to a more efficient facility with a sustainable future.”

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