Mars' £23m investment to bring new jobs and hike production at King's Lynn plant


Food giant Mars is to invest £23 million in a manufacturing plant, creating new jobs and boosting production.

The money will be invested in the King's Lynn site in Norfolk, where a new production line will be opened next year to meet demand for Uncle Ben's Ready to Heat rice.

Michael Ryan, regional president of Mars Food, Western Europe & Russia, said: "We have been manufacturing from this site for over 50 years and continue our commitment to investing and growing the site which manufactures some of the UK's favourite family brands."

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, said: "Around the world, Britain is rightly seen as a great place to invest with our £100 billion food and drink industry renowned for high quality produce and forward looking innovation.

"This significant investment by Mars is a real vote of confidence in Britain as a place to do business, creating jobs locally and helping drive economic growth for the nation."

The minister opened new office facilities at the site, which employs almost 300 workers. The new investment will create 28 jobs.