Noble plans to close two egg-packing sites

Noble plans to close two egg-packing sites

Noble Foods, the UK egg supplier, plans to relocate the opertions of two egg-packing facilities to a new site in west Oxfordshire.

The company has entered into employee consultations at its facilities in Scarle in Lincoln and in Thirnton in Fife.

However, a spokesperson for Noble said that the the sites would be not be shuttered. "The two sites are not closing but there is only a part re-location of sites," the spokesperson told just-food.

"We regret the potential loss of jobs caused by the change and are absolutely committed to supporting affected staff. A formal consultation period is now underway and we are unable to comment any further until the proposals have been discussed with staff and a final decision made."

Noble, whose business includes the Happy Egg brand, declined to comment on whether the move would result in cost savings.

However, the spokesperson did emphasise the new site benefited from a central location that would help reduce food miles. "The proposed changes mean that products will be graded and packed closer to supplier and distribution points, reducing food-miles and excessive movement of products," the spokesperson said.