Colman’s Mustard manufacturing unit in Norwich closing after 160 years

Colman's advert from 1905Image copyright Unilever
Image caption Unilver has shared photos from the manufacturing unit’s 160-year historical past in Norwich

The Colman’s Mustard plant in Norwich is about to shut its doorways for the ultimate time later.

The final remaining workers will depart the positioning in Carrow on Friday night, bringing to an finish greater than 160 years of manufacturing within the metropolis.

J & J Colman first started shifting manufacturing to a manufacturing unit within the metropolis in 1854.

To mark the plant’s closure Colman’s mother or father firm Unilever has shared a choice of photos from its historical past.

A brand new manufacturing unit in Honingham, near Norwich, will guarantee a part of the tangy condiment’s creation stays in Norfolk.

Image copyright Unilever
Image caption Colman’s staff had been photographed leaving work to go home in about 1910

Unilever introduced in January 2018 it was to shut the Carrow plant and the final jar of Colman’s mustard rolled off the manufacturing line in July final 12 months.

The final run of Colman’s mustard jars on the road changed the “best before” date with the message “Norwich’s Last. By Its Finest. July 24th 2019”.

Factory supervisor Andy Watts mentioned: “Having spent nearly 30 years working on the Carrow web site, I’m happy with the eagerness and dedication my colleagues and group have proven, proper as much as the final day.

“A magnificent site, with magnificent employees.”

Image caption Unilever is to modify its Carrow Works operations to Staffordshire and Germany

Jon Strachan, vice chairman of provide chain at Unilever UK & Ireland, mentioned: “We wish to thank everybody who labored there for his or her dedication and implausible contribution to the Colman’s enterprise over a few years in Norwich.

“Colman’s has been an important part of the city and the surrounding area for more than 200 years, and the decision to close the factory has been difficult for everyone.”

In May 2019 Unilever introduced a long-term partnership with Condimentum’s new mustard and mint milling facility on the Norfolk Food Enterprise Park at Honingham Thorpe.

Discussions are going down between Unilever and the Norfolk Museums Service about alternatives to work collectively to inform the story of Colman’s in Norwich.