Kraft Heinz has invested £20 million in its production facility in Kitts Green near Wigan, UK, as it seeks to expand production of its canned food products at the site.
According to Kraft Heinz, the investment will drastically expand the production capacity for its ranges of canned baked beans, soups, spaghetti and its Snap Pots line, as the £20 million will be used to upgrade the packing and filling capabilities of the site.
The upgraded facility will include a high-speed production line capable of filling 1,200 cans with beans or soup a minute, as well as a new triple-pack can packaging line and a high-speed weigh filling line.
The Kitts Green site is one of the biggest canned food production facilities in Europe, and is already capable of producing 383,000 tonnes of products every year.
Kraft Heinz recently upgraded the can making facilities at the plant, and has spent a total of £113.6 million to upgrade the site since Heinz and Kraft merged in 2015.
The site’s managing director Stuart Lawson said: “It will give us further growth potential of 5.5 million units and allow us to produce almost 80 million Snap Pots a year.
“The new owners are more receptive than the legacy business to invest in modernising the site.”
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