The UK’s biscuit lovers will be hugely relieved to hear that a factory in Carlisle which produces several national favourites such as McVitie’s ginger nuts and Crawford’s custard creams is back to full production levels after it suffered substantial flood damage back in December.
United Biscuits revealed that it was necessary to clear around 40 million litres of water and 540 tonnes of debris from the factory site. It took hundreds of staff, suppliers and contractors working to clean the site and repair machinery before production could be resumed.
Electrical equipment and ovens had to be repaired or replaced before the factory could be brought back to full operation and start producing biscuits again.
The period of downtime resulted in a national biscuit shortage, leading to many anxious customers searching store shelves.
Manufacturing Director of United Biscuits, Mark Taylor, said: “Rather than buy another pack, they actually hunted down the store manager, harangued him for 10 minutes about why ginger nuts weren’t there and left the shop without buying anything.”
“It was a fantastic team effort to clean the place up, repair it and get it back in great shape” he added.
“We can announce officially, the biscuit crisis is over.”
The storms Desmond and Eva caused damage to many homes and businesses across Cumbria, Lancashire and Yorkshire in December.
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