Bangers to Brexit – HECK food announces £4m expansion

One of the fastest growing food and drink companies in the UK, is ending 2018 with sizzling success with plans to increase the capacity of its HQ in Kirklington near Bedale by 25%.

Family run HECK, will invest some £4 million in the expansion which will create 60 new full time jobs and is designed to meet the businesses increased production, following the opening of an international mail order business and launch of their new “Heckfurter” – a healthy version of a frankfurter – into the German market.

Co-Founder Jamie Keeble said: “Our approach to tasty, quality food continues to be a winner and we’ve increased our listings across all national retailers this year, in addition to launching on online retailers such as Ocado and Amazon fresh.

“Our vegetarian launch has also been a complete hit and we continue to be much loved by the fitness and slimming community with our tasty chicken burger and sausage range”

“The expansion is also an example of European and Yorkshire collaboration, that despite all the doom and gloom about Brexit, we are proud to be a European family and friends business and will be investing in more German machinery which will enable us to get our bangers to Berlin as fast as we can get sausages to Southampton. We’re looking forward to taking our tasty range to kitchen tables across the continent.”

Local Conservative MP for Richmond Rishi Sunak: “Heck has a uniquely innovative approach to food and running its business and I have followed its progress closely in recent years.  It’s great news for the area to see them expanding and taking on more employees. The Government is supporting businesses like this on a local and national scale and Heck’s expansion plans demonstrate how North Yorkshire is a county of enterprise and success.”