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Canleys Spice Up Factory Triumph

Next time you are feeling peckish, you could always head into a shop and ask for a Canley.

That’s because a Coventry plant is turning out snacks bearing the name of the district where they are produced.

The first of the new tortillas were made this week at the site, and their name has a local twist.

Mission Foods has created 200 jobs with its new plant on the Coventry Business Park. Recruitment started back in spring and the site opened about eight weeks ago.

The company is now targeting the major retailers and food service companies in Britain and Europe.

Over the next six months, the company will be establishing working relationships and has launched its first snack with the name Canley’s Tortilla Chips.

The 65,000 sq ft production facility is the first in Europe for the American company. It covers a seven acre site that used to form part of the Triumph works, and later a base for Rover.

The company said it came to Coventry as the city offers a highly skilled and flexible workforce. And it also liked the central location which is useful for communication links

Neil Gregg, Mission Food’s commercial director for Europe, said:

“It is very exciting to see the first tortilla chops coming off the production lines.

“This is the culmination of 12 months of hard work by everyone involved in the planning, constriction and organisation of the factory.

“Our European campaign is now truly underway and the Canley's brand will help forge relationships with our key customers both in the UK and in countries on the Continent.”

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