One Year On: Carlisle’s 2015 flood marked with unveiling of ‘Wall of Pride’ at McVitie’s factory
25 November 2016: Today, John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle, unveiled a ‘Wall of Pride’ at pladis’s Carlisle factory to mark the first anniversary of the 2015 floods. In a ceremony attended by many of the employees who helped get the factory back in production, the Wall of Pride names all 728 employees who were involved in the emergency response to the flood in December last year.
The McVitie’s factory on Church Street, Caldewgate, was flooded by water over one metre high when more than a month’s worth of rain fell in just 24 hours. The resulting damage to electrical equipment and ovens led to the temporary closure of the factory and affected production of some of the nation’s favourite treats, such as McVitie’s Ginger Nuts and Carr’s Table Water biscuits, earning widespread attention.
Nearly 40 million litres of water and 540 tonnes of debris had to be cleaned up, with full production only resuming in April this year.
John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle, said:
“Today, I have met with many individuals who worked tirelessly to get production up and running in Church Street, to end the ‘biscuit drought’ of well-loved brands. Over 20 per cent of Carlisle’s economy is manufacturing, compared to 10 per cent nationally, underlining how this factory plays a central role in our local economy and community. The Wall of Pride is a way of honouring the people who helped put biscuits, which are loved by so many people right across the UK, back on shelves.”
Mike Heaney, factory general manager, said:
“Mr Stevenson was warmly welcomed to our factory today, and it has been a pleasure to introduce him to some of those named on our Wall of Pride. I am thankful to our team who helped restore the factory so we can continue to produce 80,000 tonnes of biscuits each year. Our factory is part of the fabric of the local community and we appreciate all the support shown by the people of Carlisle.”
Notes to Editors
pladis is a global biscuit and confectionery company with operations in 120 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. With annual revenues of US$5.2 billion, pladis has 36 factories in 13 countries and employs 26,000 people. The company, owned by Yildiz Holding, the largest food company in CEEMEA, was established in 2016 when United Biscuits, Ulker, Godiva Chocolatier (excluding stores), and DeMet’s Candy Company united as one global business. pladis combines three centuries of baking and confectionery expertise by bringing together its iconic Godiva, McVitie’s and Ulker brands. With a commitment to “promise happiness to the world with every bite”, the company delights consumers with products in sweet and savoury biscuits, wafer, cake, chocolate, gum and candy categories.
About Yildiz Holding
Yildiz Holding is a global company that was founded in 1944 in Istanbul, Turkey. With annual revenues of US$12 billion, its major business divisions are in the food sector with additional operations across the retail and real estate industries, as well as private equity.
Yildiz Holding has 320 brands in over 40 different categories covering biscuits and confectionery, packaging, frozen and canned foods and edible oils, making it the largest food company in CEEMEA. In 2016 the company brought together its core biscuit, chocolate, and confectionery businesses to form a new global company, ‘pladis’.
Yildiz Holding’s private equity company, Gözde, is listed on the Borsa Istanbul Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol GOZDE. Gözde invests in non-food companies, such as packaging, personal hygiene, industrial minerals and FMCG, with financial and operational restructuring needs. Yildiz Holding employs 50,000 and has 77 factories in 14 countries and exports to 100+ countries worldwide.