Arnott’s Group set to open first NZ manufacturing site in 25 years

The Arnott’s Group has announced the construction of a multi-million-dollar manufacturing facility in Avondale, West Auckland.

Last year, the Group acquired local artisan cracker company 180degrees, and the new site, which is expected to open in early 2023, will initially be driven by the 180degrees range.

George Zoghbi, Chief Executive Officer of Arnott’s Group, said they were proud to be back manufacturing in New Zealand.

“After 25 years, we look forward to re-opening a designated Arnott’s Group facility in New Zealand with a renewed sense of agility and innovation that will help to support our regional aspiration of becoming a powerhouse of consumer food brands.

“The new site will unlock significant opportunity for the 180degrees brand as it continues to grow both domestically and in Australia, and drive growth in the premium entertaining category for Arnott’s.”

Nigel Cranston, co-founder of 180degrees, said the announcement marked the realisation of the brand’s ambitions.

“We started 180degrees 21 years ago with a small range of handmade biscuits and a small but loyal following. Today, together with The Arnott’s Group, we’ve been able to grow our consumer base and continue to create products jam packed with the character and flavour that has always epitomised who we are.

“Today’s announcement will enable us to get our products in more homes across New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere.”

The site will create dozens of new manufacturing jobs and support local suppliers across the region.

Mike Cullerne, NZ Lead of Arnott’s Group, said the past year has seen strong growth in New Zealand business, led by the acquisition of 180degrees.

“We’re confident that the new site, fitted with state-of-the-art machinery, will become a true hub for food innovation and a market leader for new product development.

“The 180degrees brand was founded in New Zealand and continues to have a strong and loyal fanbase. We’re committed to retaining the essence of the 180degrees brand and a large part of that is its relationship with NZ consumers, retailers and local suppliers.”

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