Ketchup’s coming home as Kraft Heinz invests in Britain

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Food giant Kraft Heinz is to spend £140m bringing sauce manufacturing back to the UK in what will be one of the biggest investments in UK manufacturing since Brexit.

The move will see favourites such as ketchup, salad cream and mayonnaise being made at company’s plant in England for the first time since 1999.

UK Minister for Investment Lord Grimstone said:

“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 1999 production of Heinz Ketchup controversially ended in the UK after 80 years when production moved to the Netherlands. However, the firm said bringing back sauce-making later this year to British shores was “designed to meet the demand from a new generation of UK consumers.”

The company will also be investing in new equipment and technology at the factory near Wigan which is Europe’s largest food manufacturing site, making 1.3 billion cans of food each year.

It represents the firm’s biggest expansion of a manufacturing site outside the US in more than 20 years and will create 50 full-time jobs.

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