Arnott’s Group biscuit and cracker manufacturing returns to Auckland after 25 years

The makers of Shapes are bringing manufacturing back to New Zealand after a 25 year hiatus.

Chris Skelton

The makers of Shapes are bringing manufacturing back to New Zealand after a 25 year hiatus.

The manufacturer of Tim Tams and Shapes is returning some of its production to New Zealand.

The Arnott’s Group is building a multimillion-dollar manufacturing facility in Avondale, West Auckland, which is set to open early next year.

Arnott’s, which makes Tim Tams, Tiny Teddies, Shapes and Farmbake biscuits, sells more than 45 million packets of biscuits and crackers in New Zealand each year.

Chief executive George Zoghbi said the group was proud to be bringing manufacturing back to New Zealand, after it closed its Otahuhu factory in 1997.

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The new Arnott's Group manufacturing facility is under construction.

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The new Arnott’s Group manufacturing facility is under construction.

The announcement comes one year after it acquired local cracker company 180degrees.

“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.”

Arnott’s Group NZ lead Mike Cullerne said the announcement was a significant victory for the country’s food manufacturing industry and signaled a vote of confidence around what could be achieved in New Zealand.

Arnott's Group NZ lead, Mike Cullerne says Arnott's has seen strong growth in New Zealand.

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Arnott’s Group NZ lead, Mike Cullerne says Arnott’s has seen strong growth in New Zealand.

“In the past year Arnott’s has seen strong growth in New Zealand business led by the acquisition of 180degrees and 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.”

Arnott’s employs 175 staff in New Zealand, including 35 based in its Newmarket head office, and expected that to grow by another 30 people.

Co-founder of 180degrees Nigel Cranston said the announcement marked the full realization of the brand’s ambitions.

“We started 180degrees 21 years ago with a small range of handmade biscuits and a small but loyal following,” he said.

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

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