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Moor View Councillors get a fresh insight into life at Wrigley
The Councillors who represent Wrigley's home ward of Moor View on Plymouth City Council have visited the Wrigley site in Estover to find out more about the factory and our associates, many of whom are Moor View residents. The visit by Councillors Nick Kelly, Maddi Bridgeman, and Chris Mavin is part of our ongoing engagement with the Plymouth community and politicians.
The visit kicked off with a presentation about Wrigley, followed by a tour of the factory, including the factory floor and bottle line. Finally the councillors had a chance to meet with some of our apprentices who are a part of various programmes with routes into production, engineering, and technically skilled positions. As part of Mars UK, Wrigley invests more than £1 million each year in its Apprenticeship Scheme. A new intake of seven apprentices joined the business in September, joining twelve other apprentices who are already on the scheme.
During the visit, Kevin Fox, Wrigley's Supply Director, introduced the Councillors to Wrigley staff and explained how the business, which employs over 300 people locally, has been based in Plymouth since the 1970s. He also talked about how the factory produces on average over 4 million packets of Wrigley's world famous gum brands, such as Extra®, Airwaves®, and Hubba Bubba® every day for people to enjoy here in the UK as well as for export overseas.
Kevin Fox, Supply Director at Wrigley UK said:
"It was a pleasure to host Nick, Maddi and Chris and introduce them to some of our brilliant staff and apprentices. We are a proud Plymouth business and it is always a privilege to share our story with key members of the local community."
Cllr Nick Kelly commented:
"Seeing how the gum that I chew regularly was made was fascinating. As a global brand it's great for Plymouth to share in your success and see the next generation of Wrigley's Associates coming onboard. Long may your partnership with Plymouth and Moor View continue."
Cllr Maddi Bridgman added:
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"It was entirely my pleasure to visit the site and meet with associates. I come from a manufacturing background and it was amazing to see how things have progressed in this industry. I was particularly interested in in the biodiversity schemes running and especially pleased to see apiaries on site; this is great and in line with the Council's plans to use green spaces (such as roundabouts and verges) wherever possible as wild flower meadows."