Kellogg invests EUR140m in manufacturing capacity in Poland and Belgium
Food company and Pringles parent company, Kellogg Europe, has invested a total of EUR140 million in its European Pringles factories since November 2019, including EUR110 million in its Kutno, Poland plant and EUR30 million in its Mechelen, Belgium facility.
This significant investment in manufacturing capacity is evidence of Kellogg’s drive to meet the growing appetite for Pringles across the region.
In Kutno, EUR110 million was invested to add a new manufacturing line in the Polish factory. Originally expected to be completed by May 2021, the new line is fully operational a month ahead of schedule. The expanded capacity in the Kutno facility will increase production by 34 per cent, enabling the production of an additional 120 million cans of Pringles per year.
This new line will use the latest food production technology and the high-speed line will be highly efficient and environmentally friendly. Through state-of-the-art, sustainable design processes there is a reduced requirement for heating and other infrastructure in the factory. This increased efficiency on the new line will also help reduce food waste.
Dave Lawlor, President of Kellogg Europe, says: “I’m very happy that we can meet the growing demand from Pringles customers and consumers. Our investment in both our Belgian and Polish operations shows our commitment to driving our Pringles brand across the European region. Completing the new, most efficient and sustainable Pringles line yet in our Polish factory ahead of time in the middle of the pandemic is a great achievement, and I’m very proud of the team and the business for reaching this point so soon.
"The Pringles brand is all about sharing experiences and having fun together with family and friends, something I hope more of us will be able to enjoy in the near future.”
Kellogg originally built the Pringles Factory in Kutno, Poland in the Lodz Special Economic Zone to produce Special K in 2008 and Pringles have been produced there since 2014. Currently the company is the biggest investor in the Lodz Special Economic Zone with more than EUR330 million invested since 2008, which has had a positive impact on the region, creating nearly 550 skilled roles.
The EUR30 million investment in the factory in Mechelen, Belgium will go to renovating the plant to keep up with demand as well as making production more sustainable. Work on the upgrades will begin this year.