Leading food company Kepak has announced plans for a £5.5m investment at its Merthyr site in Wales to help meet rising demand for its products.

The significant investment is being made by Kepak to enhance the Merthyr site’s CPM (Central Prepared Meats) packaging facility. Investment will also be made in bringing in new technologies to support the upweighted demand, including innovative technologies to enhance the company’s strong sustainability credentials.

This development follows the plant’s securing of access to the US market and will additionally lead to a consequent an increase of the site’s livestock requirements, significantly increasing demand from local farmer suppliers.

The investment will also result in over 100 new jobs at Kepak Merthyr, which currently employs more than 850 people, with a broad spectrum of roles being created across manufacturing, operations, IT, engineering, and technical.

Kepak CEO Simon Walker said: “We are very pleased to be investing in our Merthyr plant, which is a strategically important site for Kepak. As a growing food business, Kepak is committed to continually investing in its sites to ensure we are optimising the work we do through innovative methods. The enhancements that will be made to our Merthyr plant will not only help us to achieve greater capacity, but to importantly grow the number of colleagues we employ at the site and support local farmers with a significant uplift in demand for livestock.”

Kepak Merthyr General Manager Chris Jones said: “We are delighted to be announcing this significant investment at the Kepak Merthyr site, including the creation of 100 vital jobs supporting the local economy. This investment will bring about enhancements to our facilities, ultimately doubling the site’s CPM packaging facility, significantly increasing our demand for livestock, which is excellent news for local famers. At Kepak Merthyr, we are committed to supporting local communities and being a good employer, and this investment is further evidence of that commitment in action.”

News follows the planting of 1,000 indigenous tress at Kepak Merthyr and plans to install a second wind turbine at the site, in support of the leading food company’s ambitious sustainability goals.

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