Arnott’s returns to NZ manufacturing scene

Arnott’s Group is returning to manufacturing in New Zealand following the acquisition a year ago of cracker manufacturer 180degrees.

The maker of Tim Tams and Tiny Teddies is constructing a new factory at Avondale, West Auckland, as part of a growth strategy through category expansion and acquisition.

Chief executive George Zoghbi said the new site, to open in 2023, marked a return to manufacturing in the country which it vacated in 1997 when it closed its its Otahuhu factory.

“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.”

180degrees 21 years ago with a small range of handmade biscuits.

Zoghbi said re-entering New Zealand, where the company employs 175 people, was part of the group’s regional aspiration of becoming a powerhouse of consumer food brands.

Picture: 180degrees

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