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Symington's moves Chinese noodle work to Leeds

Symington's factory in Leeds
Image caption The company will soon produce its own noodles for use in about 100 products

A British food company is transferring its noodle production from two factories in China to a new £15m facility in Yorkshire.

Symington's, the Leeds-based manufacturer of Golden Wonder's pot noodles, expects to have the new factory in Hunslet open in August.

It has cancelled contracts with two Chinese factories, one in Guangzhou province and one in Hangzhou.

A spokesman said the move would create up to 50 jobs in Leeds and save money.

Symington's said it currently took eight to 10 weeks to source noodles from China.

The company has taken a long-term lease on a 70,000 sq ft (6,500 sq m) factory in Old Run Road in Hunslet.

Sarah Bradley, Symington's operations director, said she expected to see more UK firms relocating production back home from China because it was cheaper to do so.

She said: "Labour costs have increased quite significantly in China over the last couple of years.

"It's very much about shortening our supply chain. You can appreciate from a customer's perspective, they want to run a promotion, they want to place an order, they don't want to wait eight to 10 weeks for the noodles to arrive."

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