United Biscuits fires up ovens and prepares to return to full production
Huge team effort at Carlisle factory to help resume biscuit production
5 March 2016: United Biscuits (UB), a leading international manufacturer of biscuits, cakes and snacks, has today announced that its Carlisle factory is well on its way to the full resumption of baking. The nation’s much loved biscuits and crackers – including Ginger Nuts and Carr’s as well as a number of other household favourites under the McVitie’s, Jacob’s, Carr’s and Crawford’s brands – will start to return to shelves around the end of March. The factory was forced to close on 5 December due to substantial flood damage to the electrical equipment and ovens caused by Storm Desmond in northern England.
Since the flood, 540 tonnes of debris have been cleared and all employees have now returned to work allowing for normal production to commence very soon across all lines – including the production of around 250,000 Ginger Nuts every hour. Employees in Carlisle, and across the world, have also been rallying together to help the affected local community through biscuit donations and various fundraising activities. In addition, a company contribution from United Biscuits and parent company Yildiz Holding has been offered to the Cumbria Community Foundation for the 2015 Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal.
Mike Heaney, Factory General Manager at United Biscuits said:
“The flooding in northern England at the end of last year was devastating for thousands of people and businesses in the area, and the impact was felt across the UK. Since the floods we have seen extensive coverage in the media around the ‘biscuit shortage’ with consumers wanting our products back on shelves as quickly as possible. This encouragement from our loyal biscuit fans has kept our teams going and we thank everyone for their support. We also appreciate the collaboration from our retail and trade customers.
“It’s been awful not to be baking biscuits, so we thank everyone that has helped us along the way to get production back up and running. We’re extremely proud of how employees have come together to support the wider local community raising necessary funds and providing biscuits.”
Ali Ulker, Vice Chairman, Yildiz Holding UB’s parent company who visited the site today, commented:
“I am very proud to witness first-hand the speedy turnaround of the factory getting operations back up and running. A big thanks goes to our employees for their tireless efforts to meet our consumer needs and get biscuits back into production. We are very pleased to be supporting the local area through our donation to the Cumbria Community Foundation.”
Andy Beeforth, Chief Executive of Cumbria Community Foundation, added:
“The boost to the Cumbria Flood Recovery Appeal from United Biscuits and Yildiz Holding is fantastic news. We have over 6,000 families affected by the floods in our county and we are grateful to everyone who has made a donation large or small.”
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About United Biscuits
United Biscuits (UB) is a leading international biscuit manufacturer whose baking heritage goes back generations, with many recipes passed down since the 1800s. UB bakes some of the best loved sweet and savoury biscuits and cakes that are household names in their respective markets; supported by a strong culture of innovation to continually develop snack brands. Among UB’s popular brand names are McVitie’s, Penguin, go ahead!, McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes, Jacob’s, Jacob’s Cream Crackers, Twiglets, Mini Cheddars and Carr’s in the UK, BN, Delacre, Verkade and Sultana in Continental Europe and Haansbro in Nigeria.
As the leading manufacturer and marketer of biscuits in the UK and second largest in the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Ireland, the company owns and operates 16 manufacturing facilities, of which seven are in the UK and has a strong footprint for growth, with products sold in over 130 countries.
UB is owned by Yildiz Holding – Owner of the master brands Ülker, McVitie’s and Godiva, Yildiz is a global, snacking focused food company with over 320 brands in 49 different categories. With 77 factories in 14 countries, the company exports to 100+ countries and operates in a geography housing around 4 billion people. Yildiz is the world’s 3rd largest biscuits company and employs 50,000 people around the world. https://english.yildizholding.com.tr/
About Cumbria Community Foundation
The Cumbria Community Foundation exists to strengthen communities by connecting people who care with inspirational, life-changing projects. We are also here to respond to emerging need.