Loads more lollies are likely to be whipped up in Levin with plans for a big expansion at the RJ's Licorice factory, expected to bring more jobs to the town.
According to Stuff, Nestlé New Zealand and RJ's confectionery are working through details in a deal for RJ's parent company Quadrant Private Equity to take over five ranges of Nestlé sweets.
RJ's sales manager Amy Law says a conditional deal is in place, and the companies are working out the fine print and expect to sign in the next two weeks.
Although it was early days, some Auckland staff had made inquiries about shifting to Levin.
Both Nestlé and RJ's declined to talk about the value of the deal.
Horowhenua mayor Michael Feyen urged Auckland workers to consider moving south saying that a house in Horowhenua doesn't cost anywhere near as much as in Auckland, so it would be a good move, and they are welcome here.