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Griffin's Foods set for export growth

GRIFFIN’S FOODS SET FOR EXPORT GROWTH WITH EXPANDED FACTORY

Prime Minister John Key opens new $25 million facilities

Griffin’s Foods’ expanded factory in Wiri, Auckland is set to produce 12,500 tonnes of snack bars by 2018, increasing production volumes and driving export growth.

The factory, one of two Griffin’s factories in Auckland, has been significantly expanded following a $25 million investment by the company.

It was opened today by Prime Minister John Key.

Griffin’s Foods exports products under its Griffin’s, Eta, Huntley & Palmer and Nice & Natural brands to over 20 countries throughout the world, with the majority of products made at Griffin’s two Auckland factories in Papakura and Wiri.

Griffin’s Foods’ exports currently account for one-third of total sales and demand is continuing to grow, Griffin’s Foods chief executive Alison Barrass said.

“The expanded factory will help us meet demand in New Zealand and in overseas markets, including Asia and Australia.

“For 150 years, high quality ingredients and iconic kiwi recipes have been at the very heart of our business and have helped to put some of New Zealand’s favourite brands on shelves around the country, and around the world.

“In the last decade, Griffin’s Foods has invested more than $110 million towards upgrading its facilities, laying the foundations for continued innovation and growth.

“This latest $25 million investment is a critical part of setting Griffin’s Foods up to compete within the growing snacking segments in Asia as well as remaining competitive in New Zealand.”

The expanded Wiri factory, which has been making snacks for Eta and Nice & Natural since 1972, will predominantly produce Nice & Natural snack bars for sale in New Zealand, Australia and Asia.

The factory will now have the capacity to produce over 390 million individual bars per year.

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