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Heck Food to invest £4m & create 60 new jobs
Yorkshire based Heck, one of the fastest growing food and drink companies in the UK, is ending 2018 with sizzling success with plans to increase the capacity of it’s HQ in Kirklington by 25%, with an investment of £4 million. The expansion will create 60 full time new jobs and is designed to meet increased production, including the opening of an international mail order business and launching a “Heckfurter” – a healthy version of a frankfurter – into the German market.
Co-Founder Jamie Keeble said: “Our approach to tasty, quality food continues to be a winner and we have had increased listings across all national retailers this year and in addition to launching on online retailers such as Ocado and Amazon fresh. Our vegetarian launch has also been a complete hit and we continue to be much loved by the fitness and slimming community with our tasty chicken burger and sausage range”
The expansion is also an example of European and Yorkshire collaboration, Jamie added. “Despite all the doom and gloom about Brexit, we are proud to be a European family and friends business. We will be investing in more German machinery in our factory and can now get bangers to Berlin as fast as we can get sausages to Southampton. We are looking forward to taking our tasty range to kitchen tables across the continent.”
Rishi Sunak, the local Conservative MP for Richmond, concluded: “Heck has a uniquely innovative approach to food and running its business. I have followed its progress closely in recent years and it is great news to see it is expanding and taking on more employees. The Government is supporting businesses like this on a local and national scale. Heck’s expansion plans demonstrate how North Yorkshire is a county of enterprise and success.”