Production continued at UB plant during £50M investment

By Nicholas Robinson

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United Biscuits has modernised its packaging facilities at Harlesden
United Biscuits has modernised its packaging facilities at Harlesden

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United Biscuits’ £50M investment at its Harlesden facility didn’t stop production, despite major structural work being carried out, factory general manager Helen Day has said.

More than £30M was spent on four of United Biscuits’ Digestive packing lines, while a further investment was made to modernise the site’s floors and ceilings, Day told in this podcast.

“We have taken four of our major lines that produce Digestives and Chocolate Digestives and installed new wrapping kit and invested just over £30M,” ​she said.

‘No disruption to customers’

“Our focus was ensuring there was no disruption to customer service and no loss of volume and we did that through creating an area in the factory that enclosed the production lines that we were changing.”

Big tents were used to ensure no debris or contaminants got into the rest of the factory, she added.

Listen to the rest of this exclusive podcast to find out what other tactics were used to ensure United Biscuits’ modernisation plans at Harlesden ran smoothly.

Meanwhile, read the July issue of Food Manufacture ​to learn more about the investment plans.

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