2 minute read - 29th June 2022
Kepak to make £5.5m investment and create 100 jobs
Food manufacturer Kepak has announced plans for a £5.5m investment at its Merthyr site in Wales to help meet rising demand for its products.
The investment is being made to enhance and almost double the Merthyr site’s central prepared meats packaging facility. Investment will also be made in bringing in new technologies to support the upweighted demand, including innovative technologies to enhance the company’s sustainability credentials.
Over 100 new jobs will also be created at Kepak Merthyr, which currently employs more than 850 people, with a broad spectrum of roles being created across manufacturing, operations, IT, engineering, and technical.
This development follows the plant’s securing of access to the US market and will additionally lead to a consequent increase of the site’s livestock requirements, significantly increasing demand from local farmer suppliers.
Simon Walker, chief executive officer of Kepak, said: “We are very pleased to be investing in our Merthyr plant, which is a strategically important site for Kepak. As a growing food business, Kepak is committed to continually investing in its sites to ensure we are optimising the work we do through innovative methods. The enhancements that will be made to our Merthyr plant will not only help us to achieve greater capacity, but to importantly grow the number of colleagues we employ at the site and support local farmers with a significant uplift in demand for livestock.”
Chris Jones, general manager at Kepak Merthyr, added: “We are delighted to be announcing this significant investment at the Kepak Merthyr site, including the creation of 100 vital jobs supporting the local economy. This investment will bring about enhancements to our facilities, ultimately doubling the site’s central prepared meats packaging facility, significantly increasing our demand for livestock, which is excellent news for local famers. At Kepak Merthyr, we are committed to supporting local communities and being a good employer, and this investment is further evidence of that commitment in action.”
The investment also follows the planting of 1,000 indigenous trees at Kepak Merthyr and plans to install a second wind turbine at the site, in support of the company’s sustainability goals.