Almost 300 new jobs will be created by plans for a £92m Haribo Factory in Castleford.
The Business Secretary Vince Cable is visiting the site in October to see work get underway for the 30,700 sq m factory. 48,000 tonnes of Haribo sweets will be produced there every year.
The site is just off Junction 31 of the M62 and will sister the existing factory in Pontefract. Production is estimated to start in 2015.
The Regional Growth Fund Round 1 awarded Haribo a £6.4m grant in 2011, and the development has been in planning ever since.
Managing Director Herwig Vennekens stated;
Whilst our new factory marks a major investment for our company, we are pleased that our vision has also been supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, without which our plans would not have been realised.
This investment in a new facility will enhance Haribo’s production capabilities and help us to meet the growing demand for our products. Our existing factory is near capacity and so this new site will allow for progressive expansion, enabling us to continue to extend our offering and to develop new and innovative products.
Haribo has performed extremely well within the UK market during the last 12 months, and over the last six years it has experienced double digit growth year-on-year. Despite challenging market conditions, strong sales have continued to reinforce Haribo’s position as the UK’s leading gums and jellies brand. This is testament to great tasting, quality products and in part to the increasing popularity of our top selling treats.
This is very exciting times for Haribo within the UK as we strengthen our footprint across Yorkshire and reinforce our position as one of the UK’s leading confectionery brands.
The recruitment process is already underway and it is expected that roles will be required for management positions as well as machine operators and production line staff.