Export success prompts Haribo to create 50 jobs

By Rod Addy

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Hughes: 'Great news for our team, for our region and for UK manufacturing'
Hughes: 'Great news for our team, for our region and for UK manufacturing'
Haribo UK is creating 50 jobs at its Castleford facility in West Yorkshire as it grows production after securing a lucrative contract to export confectionery to the US.

The family-owned business, which operates two UK factories and currently employs more than 720 people, said it aimed to increase production in early 2020, moving from a two- to three-shift system. 

“This is great news for our team, for our region and for UK manufacturing,”​ said Jon Hughes, managing director at Haribo UK. 

In 2013, the company had announced a significant investment in the Castleford site to bolster its UK manufacturing capabilities, meet UK demand and increase its research and development and export potential, said Hughes. 

The US​ 

“Our ambitious plans are being realised. Following the launch of our Castleford site, we brought full production of Maoam to the UK for the first time. From January 2020, we will be responsible for meeting the growing demand for Haribo across the US.”​ 

Last month, Haribo launched a partnership with the Smallpeice Trust’s Arkwright Engineering Scholarship programme, which aims to identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in engineering. The move was designed to reaffirm the confectionery supplier’s commitment to manufacturing excellence and the importance of higher-level skills development. 

Funding five scholarships during 2019/2020, Haribo said it would continue to support the focus on encouraging more women to embark on engineering careers within the food and drink sector.  

The recruitment process for full-time staff at the Castleford-based factory is scheduled to start in July. Roles available will vary, from engineering to production and packing.

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