American food company, Kraft Heinz is ready to invest $199m (£140m) in a UK food manufacturing facility over the next four years.
According to BBC, the plans for the plant in north west England would see British favourites – ketchup, mayonnaise and salad cream – made in the country once again.
If this huge investment becomes a reality, the feat would be the firm’s biggest expansion of a manufacturing site outside the US in more than 20 years.
Since Brexit, the company, which is the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world, said it is also one of the largest investments in UK manufacturing.
Moreover, the company disclosed that, there is a plan, to also fund equipment and technology and create up to 50 new full-time jobs, since the process is subject to approval in the US.
After achieving the feat of making 1.3 billion cans of food a year, the Kitt Green plant on the outskirts of Wigan is now seen as Europe’s largest food manufacturing site.
One of the interesting things from this development is that the company will start making sauces, as well as continuing to make soups, pasta and baked beans.
Going memory lane, Heinz sauces were last made in the UK in 1999.
UK Minister for Investment Gerry Grimstone while speaking in a statement, made comments on this plan.
He 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.”
The deal will also boost food supply, especially, in the area of tomato consumption on a daily basis in the US; since it has been confirmed that the US faced shortages of tomato ketchup sachets in April, after the coronavirus pandemic led to a surge in demand for small packets of the popular condiment.
As for Heinz, the most widely sold brand of ketchup globally, the rise in demand had been “driven by… accelerated delivery and take-out trends”.