Arnott’s begins construction of $65 million dollar fully-automated facility
FMCG giant Arnott’s Biscuits has invested A$65 million in a new state-of-the-art warehouse at Huntingwood in Western Sydney,
bringing its total investment in Australia to “over a quarter of a billion dollars over the past six years”.
The biscuit company held a ‘Turning of the Soil’ Ceremony this Thursday afternoon to mark the beginning of construction.
“Today’s ceremony marks the next step in our ongoing commitment to innovation and future-proofing our business. Investment is a key element of Arnott’s continued success, ensuring we continue to operate effectively in a global market, while the flow-on benefits to the country of an investment of this magnitude are significant,” said Arnott’s vice president Supply Chain Campbell International, Craig Funnell.
“For Arnott’s, manufacturing in Australia is part of our DNA. We proudly employ over 2,000 Australians and more than 99 percent of our products sold in Australia are manufactured in Australia using quality ingredients like Australian wheat. Arnott’s supports farmers and local businesses within Australia, spending A$500 million each year on raw ingredients, packaging and other services.”
The new facility will streamline Arnott’s logistics and ensure its Western Sydney manufacturing to remain amidst tough competition and will have growth into the future. The food giant said it will increase storage space from 6,000 to 28,000 pallets. It will also manage all in-bound and out-bound deliveries for New South Wales from the Huntingwood site.
Ümit Subasi, president Campbell International and Craig Funnell vice president Supply Chain, Campbell International will be present at today’s ceremony, with the mayor of Blacktown, councillor Stephen Bali MP and Arnott’s employees also expected in attendance.
Arnott’s commitment to securing the future of manufacturing in Australia by creating state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities.
In April, talks between Mondelēz and Campbell’s “reached a stalemate” after the confectionery giant submitted its final bid for Campbell’s international business including Arnott’s. The stalemate could result in Campbell’s offloading Arnott’s for a lesser price than its target value or totally abandoning plans to sell the company.