Hilton Food Group to build £29M New Zealand factory

By James Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

Hilton reveals plans to build a £29.2M factory in New Zealand
Hilton reveals plans to build a £29.2M factory in New Zealand
Meat processor and packing business Hilton Food Group has revealed plans to build a £29.2M (NZ $54M) factory in New Zealand, as it continues its global growth.

Hilton will construct a new meat processing facility in Auckland and supply New Zealand retailer Progressive Enterprises, a subsidiary of Australian supermarket chain Woolworths, trading as Countdown Supermarkets.

The new facility will supply Progressive stores in New Zealand with a range of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and added-value products.

The development will extend the existing site and is subject to government approvals and the negotiation and finalisation of construction and tenure agreements.

Production to start by 2020

Hilton Foods New Zealand plans to finance the new food packing facility, with production at the new factory to start by 2020.

The manufacturer’s expansion into New Zealand is the latest development in its international growth, which began with its joint venture with Woolworths in 2013.

Hilton’s New Zealand expansion follows plans to build a £5.5M (€6M) factory in Poland, after signing a five-year supply deal with Tesco to provide the supermarket with fresh food.

The factory will produce sandwiches, pizzas, soups and ready meals for the supermarket, with manufacturing expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019.

Joint venture

In January, Hilton agreed a joint venture to supply Portuguese retailer Sonae Modelo Continente, following a six-month period of cooperation between the two companies.

Commenting on the company’s half-year results last month, chief executive Robert Watson said Hilton’s sales had been boosted by volume growth overseas.

Watson added: “We remain committed to growing our business through innovation and product development as well as exploring a range of new expansion opportunities to further our geographic reach.”

Meanwhile, earlier this month, chilled food manufacturer Bakkavor submitted plans for a £20M extension of its factory ​in Nottinghamshire, with the potential to create up to 270 jobs.

Related news

Show more

comments

Post your comment

We will not publish your email address on the website

These comments have not been moderated. You are encouraged to participate with comments that are relevant to our news stories. You should not post comments that are abusive, threatening, defamatory, misleading or invasive of privacy. For the full terms and conditions for commenting see clause 7 of our Terms and Conditions ‘Participating in Online Communities’. These terms may be updated from time to time, so please read them before posting a comment. Any comment that violates these terms may be removed in its entirety as we do not edit comments. If you wish to complain about a comment please use the "REPORT ABUSE" button or contact the editors.