Nation's Noodle returns production to UK


A popular British noodle brand is returning its manufacturing to home turf, according to a report in the Guardian.

Symington's, the 191-year-old British company that makes Golden Wonder's pot noodles, has cancelled its Chinese contracts and is relocating production to Leeds.

Despite being branded as the 'Nation's Noodle,' the snack pots are made in China and shipped 10,000 miles before appearing on British supermarket shelves.

Now Symington's has announced that it will begin making its noodles in Yorkshire by the time Golden Wonder releases its "Christmas Dinner" special, a move which will create at least 50 jobs.

According to the Guardian, Henrik Pade, Symington's business development manager, said costs in China had gone up so much recently that it was now "just as cheap to make them in Yorkshire".

"Over the last couple of years there has been a steady increase in the price of manufacturing in China," Pade said. "The costs from suppliers are up, wage costs are up, and transport costs have increased significantly."

Pade said Symington's, which claims to make almost half of the noodles consumed in the UK, had previously been "caught out" with not having enough stock and left waiting several weeks for the next shipment to arrive.

Bringing business home
The move by Golden Wonder is the latest in a growing trend for re-shoring – returning the manufacture of British brands that had previously been offshored to China and other Asian economies.

The increase in wages and shipping costs is making production in the Far East much less attractive than it once was and many brands - including Topshop and River Island – are bringing production back to the UK.

At London Fashion Week last year, Topshop owner Sir Philip Green told the FT that, with wages in China rising, it is increasingly making business sense to bring manufacturing back to the UK. "We ourselves are manufacturing more goods in the UK," he said.

"If we can help get more capacity here, I believe most retailers would tell you there is now the opportunity to be more competitive and produce in the UK."

Aston Martin, has returned the manufacture of the Rapide S to the Midlands after winning £1.6m of government regional growth funding.

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