Today (Friday July 8) Mars Food UK announced a £23m investment into its King’s Lynn manufacturing site. The announcement was made during the official opening of its new £6m pound office facilities by The Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss – Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and MP for South West Norfolk.
The King’s Lynn site, which currently employs nearly 300 people is set to create 28 new full time jobs as part of the investment in new manufacturing capabilities for the manufacture of Uncle Ben’s Ready to Heat rice. The new production line will be completed early in 2017 and is intended to help meet demand for a growing category.
Mars says that the investment “reconfirms Mars Food UK’s commitment to the local community in King’s Lynn in which it has a 53 year history.”
Commenting on the investment, Elizabeth Truss said: “Around the world, Britain is rightly seen as a great place to invest with our £100bn food and drink industry renowned for high quality produce and forward looking innovation. This significant investment by Mars is a real vote of confidence in Britain as a place to do business, creating jobs locally and helping drive economic growth for the nation.”
The new state-of-the-art office facilities opened by Ms. Truss includes a “living green roof”, gymnasium and canteen, as well as meeting rooms aimed at helping boost employees’ wellbeing and engagement at work. The space has been designed to attain the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. Innovative solutions have been incorporated into the facility’s design and construction to reduce energy and water use and to manage waste as sustainably as possible.
Michael Ryan, regional president, Mars Food, Western Europe & Russia said: “We have been manufacturing from this site for over 50 years and continue our commitment to investing and growing the site which manufactures some of the UK’s favourite family brands – Uncle Ben’s and Dolmio.”