Tomato ketchup could soon be made in the UK as Heinz is set to invest £140 million in its Wigan factory

Food manufacturing giant Kraft Heinz has announced it is to invest £140 million in its Wigan-based factory.

The investment could see the manufacturing of Heinz Tomato Ketchup and a selection of the brand’s other popular sauces finally brought back to the UK – with 50 new jobs also set to be created as part of the proposals.

The Greater Manchester factory – which is located in Kitt Green in the Orrell area of Wigan – is already the largest food processing plant in Europe.

Around 1.3 billion cans of food are produced at the plant every year.

The significant £14 million investment would also be used to fund updated manufacturing equipment and technology at the site.

Speaking on the announcement of the potential investment, Luis Spinardi – Site Director at Kraft Heinz’s Kitt Green factory – 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 of working whilst exemplifying the highest global standards for food manufacturing.

Around 1.3 billion cans of food are produced at the Kitt Green plant every year / Credit: Wikimedia Commons

“Not only are we excited to be expanding our product mix by bringing sauces back to the UK but also look forward to a more efficient facility with a sustainable future.

“Consumers remain at the centre of everything we do, and this was particularly evident during the pandemic [so] I would like to thank all our teams for their relentless dedication, commitment and resilience throughout the year helping to feed the nation.

“We are proud to continue our journey as a motivated team to reach our common goal of establishing Kitt Green as a world class manufacturer, delivering exceptional performance in everything we do.”

The proposals would be the biggest Kraft Heinz investment in over two decades for an existing manufacturing site outside of the United States.

The proposed investment is subject to final US approvals from Kraft Heinz later in the year.

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