Due to open later this year, the new site will specialise in the manufacture of branded condiments, sauces and dressings, as well as serve McCormick’s Flavour Solutions brand customers. McCormick’s recruitment will be spread across a number of operational and technical roles.
The site is on track to be the manufacturer’s first ever net zero carbon building and will serve as a blueprint for both construction and operations going forward. The choice of location was influenced by McCormick’s desire to reduce food miles in its supply chain, as well making it more ‘digitally-enabled’.
Development of the new site formed part of McCormick’s sustainability commitment launched in 2017s that targeted a 20% absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from its facilities a 16% absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
The site’s concrete uses 30% Ground Granulated Blast-furnace Slag (GGBS) to reduce carbon in the site’s foundations, ground and mezzanine floors, as well as its external yard. The facility’s construction will also reuse all 12,400m³ of excavated soil during the cut and fill process to avoid bringing in or removing earth.
Chris Jinks, president of McCormick’s Europe, Middle East and Africa operations, commented: “While acknowledging there is still much work to do to achieve our Net Zero ambitions at Peterborough, we are pleased with the progress we are making.
Working with customers
“This marks an important milestone in our sustainability journey. Our customers and consumers have been at the heart of our decision-making and we look forward to working with others to explore more ways to make a positive contribution to the world around us and reduce our reliance on the planet’s natural resources.”
This week has seen a number of food firms announce recruitment campaigns and investments in their production facilities.
Prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor is to create 150 new jobs at its salad processing site in Bo’ness, Scotland.
Meanwhile, Sausage maker Heck has doubled capacity and created 20 new jobs as part of a £3.5m expansion of its Kirklington, North Yorkshire factory.