VIPs sample a tasty tour around Nestle

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The Bishop of Huddersfield was among the guests given a special tour around the home of Quality Street, After Eights and Easter eggs

The Rt Revd Jonathan Gibbs, Halifax MP Holly Lynch and other dignitaries paid a visit to Nestlé Halifax.

Guests were welcomed by Giles Mann, Nestlé Halifax factory manager and given an introduction to the site which is Nestlé’s manufacturing centre for seasonal confectionery.

The Rt Revd Gibbs said of the visit: “I was impressed by my visit to Nestlé’s manufacturing site in Halifax.

“Nestlé is a major employer in this area and is continuing a long tradition of fine confectionery making in Yorkshire.

“It was especially good to learn more about their major investment in Halifax and about their commitment to offering high quality apprenticeships to young people both here and elsewhere in the UK.”

Holly Lynch MP, MP for Halifax added: “It was a pleasure to visit one of Halifax’s biggest employers and to sample some of their delicious produce.

“I was particularly impressed to hear about their initiatives to boost youth employment and reduce their impact on the environment.

“It’s fantastic that we have Nestlé making confectionery here in Halifax and exporting it all over the world.”

The factory employs up to 1,000 people at times of peak production.

In recent years, Nestlé invested £28 million into the site expanding its manufacturing capability for competitive production for both the UK and overseas markets.

The third of annual confectionery production made at the site is exported to over 30 countries around the world.

The day’s discussions also included the local sustainability initiatives at Nestlé Halifax and its commitment to zero waste and enhancing biodiversity programmes.