Spice giant to add flavour to Peterborough with jobs creating food factory

American spice maker McCormick & Co has been given the go ahead to build a huge food processing factory in Peterborough.

One of McCormick's best known brands, Old Bay hot sauce.
One of McCormick's best known brands, Old Bay hot sauce.

The flavouring and condiments specialist is expected to create up to 300 jobs when it opens its new 59,118sqm industrial hub at Peterborough Gateway.

The proposals for the new development, which is set within a 9.49 hectares site, have been given the go ahead by Peterborough City Council planners.

The development at Plot 113, Forli Strada, Alwalton Hill, is to be carried out in two phases and along with storage and distribution will feature a two storey office block and a singe storey transport hub with a total of 32 HGV parking bays.

The McCormick site at Peterborough Gateway. EMN-200520-145833009

Staff will work across three shifts over 24 hours, seven days a week. There will be a 266 space car park.

It is not clear when McCormick & Co intend to start operations from the facility.

McCormick & Co was founded 131 years ago in Maryland, USA, and now employs about 12,000 people worldwide and sells its spices, seasonings and condiments across 150 countries.

A spokesperson for McCormick has not yet responded to a request to comment.

It is the second food manufacturer to move into Peterborough over the last few months.

AM Fresh, which supplies fresh produce to the supermarkets, created about 180 jobs when it moved into a unit also at Peterborough Gateway.

The new jobs will be a welcome boost for the Peterborough which has been battered by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Recent figures from the Department for Work and Pensions show the number of people claiming Universal Credit had risen by 30.5 per cent to 22,146 people over five weeks to May 14 as the coronavirus lockdown forced many businesses to shut down.