Walkers crisps building production back up

Walkers crisps

A spokeswoman for the business said things were now getting back to normal and lines were up and running

Walkers crisps says it is building production back up following weeks of technical problems and a fire.

The snacks giant has had difficulty stocking supermarket shelves as it struggled to get its production lines back to normal following issues caused by a big IT upgrade earlier in the autumn.

And earlier this month fire crews had to deal with a fire at its main plant in Beaumont Leys, Leicester.

The Leicester-based manufacturer of Monster Munch, French Fries, Quavers, Wotsits and different varieties of crisps, said it has been working round the clock to get back to capacity.

Production of Quaker Oats, the UK’s biggest porridge oats brand which is part of the same group, is also reported to have been affected.

A spokeswoman for the business, which is owned by the US-based PepsiCo, said things were now getting back to normal and lines were up and running.

She said: All lines are currently running and we continue to work hard to increase the availability of our crisps and snacks.

Our Bursom Road site in Leicester is now fully operational following an accidental fire on the roof of building. There was a short pause in production while we actioned the necessary protocols to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees, she said.

Disruption was kept to a minimum as there was no damage to any of the production lines. This is because the fire was contained within a small section of the roof elsewhere in the building, she said.

Back in September PepsiCo said it had completed a £14 million upgrade of its Southern Region Distribution Centre in Beaumont Leys – its largest UK distribution site. It was one of the biggest investments it has made in the UK.

It said a new building with state-of-the-art equipment and technology would increase storage capacity at the warehouse site by 29 per cent.

It said the investment would allow its crisps, which it said are bought by nine in 10 households in the UK, to be distributed to supermarkets and retail partners more efficiently.

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