22 pictures showcasing the Wigan Heinz plant through the years

Heinz has been a major employer in the borough for more than 60 years.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 11:26 am
Welcome to Heinz sign at the Kitt Green site, Wigan.

Today's news that Kraft Heinz is intending to plough £140m into its Kitt Green facility - with tomato ketchup, mayonnaise and salad cream being made at the Wigan plant once more - is a welcome boost for the borough.

Here we look at some of the pictures in our archive of the world-famous factory ...

Exterior of Heinz, Kitt Green, Wigan.

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Heinz in Wigan
Heinz factory, Wigan.
The Heinz plant in Wigan.
Heinz Kitt Green, Wigan.
Exterior of Heinz, Kitt Green, Wigan.
Soup - some of the products made by Heinz.
Heinz Beanz - maybe the most famous product made by Heinz.
Tomato soup - one of the many products made by Heinz.
Heinz tomato ketchup - one of they many products made by Heinz and coming back to Wigan.
Some of the many sauces created by Heinz.
1989 - Princess Anne is presented with a £30,000 cheque for the Save the Children Fund, of which she was president, by Derek Dollman, Chairman of Heinz Kitt Green Fund Raising Committee.Sadly Derek died of a heart attack shortly after the princess left the factory.
Princess Anne talking to Heinz workers during her visit escorted by factory manager Paul Sneddon in 1989.
The Queen and Prince Philip are cheered by workers as they tour Heinz in May 2009.
Ingredients are added to a soup mixture at Heinz, Kitt Green, factory in November 1979.
The tasters sample the products in the Heinz, Kitt Green, factory in November 1979.
Ladies on the bean belt in the Heinz, Kitt Green, factory in November 1979.
Heinz workers greet the Queen in May 2009.
The Queen unveils a plaque to commemorate her visit to the Heinz factory on Thursday 21st of May 2009 which was the 50th anniversary of the opening on 21st of May 1959.
Princess Anne chats to workers at the Heinz Kitt Green factory on Friday 1st of December 1989.
Princess Anne arrives at the Heinz Kitt Green factory on Friday 1st of December 1989.