Food manufacturer Symington’s has officially opening its noodle factory after reshoring its noodle production line from China back to Leeds.
The Hunslet site, which was opened by Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn, was a £2.5m investment which created around 50 jobs.
As part of the relocation, a new noodle line was installed in a new plant, close to the company’s main production site at Dartmouth Way.
Chief executive David Salkeld said it will reach full production in the first quarter of 2014, after first becoming operational in November 2013.
Henrik Pade, business development director, said: “Over the past five years, Symington’s has secured a strong position in branded noodle pots including Golden Wonder and Naked Noodle in the UK market, and in practically all UK supermarket own lines.
“By moving our noodle production to Leeds, we have significantly shortened our supply chain. It used to take between eight to ten weeks to source noodles from China and with this strategic business move we can be more responsive to customer orders and deliver new promotions at short notice.”
Production was relocated from two plants in China - one in Guangzhou province, in the south of the country, and one in Hangzhou, in the east.
The noodles from the Hunslet factory line are used in around 100 products including Golden Wonder, The Nation’s Noodle and the Naked Noodle brands and the majority are for UK consumption. It is expected that the factory will generate turnover in excess of £15m.
Symington’s growth is mainly driven by new product development. In an average year the company brings 500 new lines to market and it has delivered its 23rd year of both turnover and profit growth.
“In the past six years Symington’s has created around 500 new jobs in Leeds going from around 300 employees to around 800 across all out production plants,” said Mr Pade.
“We expect to see this growth continue in the coming years, and believe another 75 jobs will be created over the next 12 months.”