Kerry Group today (29 March) told workers at a production site in the UK that it plans to close the facility, a local trade union has said.

The Usdaw union, which represents around 200 of the 350 staff at the facility in Durham, claimed Kerry told workers that it wanted to cut costs and switch production to other sites.

"There has been no prior warning that closure was being considered, or even a suggestion that the future of the site could be in doubt, so our members are understandably extremely shocked, angry and distressed," Usdaw north-east divisional officer Joanne Thomas said. "We will examine the company’s business case for the proposed closure in detail but our overriding objective will be to keep the site open and to save jobs."

Officials at Kerry could not be reached for immediate comment.