£140 million investment
The Kraft Heinz Company (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 proposed investment is subject to final US approvals from Kraft Heinz later in the year.
The investment will be focused on further modernizing the manufacturing capabilities of the site over the next four years, focused around three key pillars; bringing Heinz iconic sauce manufacturing back to the UK to build additional European capacity, further upgrading machinery and driving the plant to deliver its ESG commitments.
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 minimize 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.