Nestle has opened the first phase of a GBP15m (US$23.8m) revamp of its Kit Kat manufacturing facility in York.

The official opening, which took place yesterday (13 December), is part of a three-year project being undertaken by the confectioner, which is expected to be completed over the next two years.

A new wafer manufacturing line, which cost GBP5m to install, will be used to make around 30m wafer sheets per year for the approximate one billion Kit Kats manufactured at the York factory annually.

Nestle production manager Jas Scott de Martinville said: “Using state-of-the art technology and benefiting from all the latest know-how gathered through our product technology centre based in York and factories across the the world, the aim with this investment is to ensure that we deliver the freshest wafer to our moulding plants.”

A spokesperson for Nestle told just-food: “This was something that we announced at the beginning of the year. This is the first part of the revamp, which officially opened yesterday. It is a three-year project and we are at the end of the first year. The whole wafer process will be replaced or improved eventually.”

Last week, Nestle announced plans to close a confectionery production plant in the UK – in Castleford – as part of a move to merge its manufacturing of “seasonal” products in the country into one site.