A £14 MILLION production plant in Burton has officially opened — creating 80 jobs for the town.
The ribbon at the 130,000 sq ft packaging and processing plant for health food giant Holland & Barrett was officially cut by Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths.
As the home of Holland & Barrett, the new hub will also serve Julian Graves, GNC, Nature’s Way, and De Tuinen retail brands which support more than 1,000 health food outlets as well as each product’s journey from source to store.
The open day unveiled both NBTY Europe’s new HQ in Nuneaton, Warwickshire and included a tour of the packaging and processing plant in Centrum 100, Branston.
As well as a retailer, NBTY Europe has more than 5,000 employees and is responsible for creating, producing, packing and recycling hundreds of its own label products.
Highlights of the tour included a demonstration of new machinery which can produce 75 million bags of dried fruits, nuts, snacks and seeds a year, a bespoke ‘chocolate- coating machine’ providing opportunities for new product development, a supply chain tour including ‘pick to light’ warehouse, on-site recycling process and streamlined fleet which serves 1,000 stores with just 48 vehicles. It will also include the vitamin, mineral and supplement packing plant and new, in-progress, sports production line which will save the company millions in import duties.
NBTY Europe’s CEO Peter Aldis was also present to provide an update on the business’ growth and plans for development.
The past 12 months has seen Holland & Barrett reach the milestone of 600 stores.
Roger Craddock, group legal director, said: “During 2010, NBTY Europe posted sales in excess of £400 million and opened more than 80 new stores, showing strong growth we are pleased and proud of — especially given the current challenging economic climate. This new investment in buildings, equipment and infrastructure underpins our commitment to providing customers with the highest quality products at excellent value.” Mr Griffiths said: “Burton has some of the greatest trademarks in the country like Marmite, Carling and JCB. It is great that another highly respected high street name is expanding in Burton.
“In a week where we hear of job losses locally, it is very encouraging that such a well-known company is taking on more people in the town, both technical and non-skilled jobs.”