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Bakkavor to close Welcome Foods factory in Nottinghamshire, UK

FBR Staff Writer Published 06 March 2017

London-based Bakkavor is planning to shut down its Welcome Foods factory in Nottinghamshire leaving 300 jobs at risk.

Welcome Foods manufactures flavourings and sauces at the Huthwaite location in Nottinghamshire County. It was acquired by the Bakkavor Group in 2007.

Bakkavor is an international manufacturer of fresh prepared foods and is also into developing and marketing of fresh produce.

The food group said that it was due to difficult trading conditions which had led to its decision of closing the Huthwaite factory.

Other locations of the company are expected to take over the manufacturing done at the Welcome Foods factory in Huthwaite.

A Bakkavor Group spokesman said: “The Group has explored a number of different options to sustain the business but has now concluded Welcome Foods is no longer commercially viable.

“Therefore our proposal is to cease operations at Welcome Foods and transfer production to other Bakkavor sites which have similar product synergies.”

Bakkavor has committed to help the laid off staff in getting alternative jobs in the vicinity and also relocate them wherever possible within the group.

The UK’s largest trade union, Unite has taken the matter on behalf of the affected employees. It will hold talks in the coming days with Bakkavor’s management regarding the job threats.

Unite regional officer Steve Syson said that the union aims at alleviating the large scale job losses in the meeting with the management.

Syson added: “We appreciate that this is a very tough time for the workers and the wider Nottinghamshire economy. Unite will be fighting 100 per cent to lessen the impact of this announcement.

“We want to explore the business reasons for the planned closure during the 45-day consultation period and the opportunities for alternative employment within the group.”

In late February, the Bakkavor Group had announced a new £485m corporate loan facility. The group claims to employ 18,000 people worldwide while producing more than 5,000 products across 18 different categories.

Image: Bakkavor manufactures sauces and pasta among other food products. Photo: courtesy of nitinut/Freedigitalphotos.net.