Tangerine Confectionery proposes Clifton Road plant closure

Tangerine Confectionery proposes Clifton Road plant closure

UK confectioner Tangerine Confectionery has announced plans to shut down a plant in Blackpool.

Tangerine said in December it was looking to create a "leaner" manufacturing network.

If the proposal goes ahead, the Clifton Road site is scheduled to close by the end of March next year. Up to 166 staff could be affected.

Production and equipment will be transferred to other sites including a second facility in the seaside town on Vicarage Lane, the company said yesterday (6 March).

The announcement comes as part of a "UK-wide reshaping of its manufacturing capabilities", the company said. "Today's announcement comes as the result of a strategic review which has found excess capacity across Tangerine's manufacturing locations

Nigel Nelson, operations and supply chain director, added: "These changes at Tangerine are fundamental to creating sustainable jobs in Blackpool and elsewhere in our UK factories and underpin our future competitiveness as a British confectionery manufacturer.

"The decision has been made after a carefully considered review. Our primary concern at this stage is the welfare of our employees and we are committed to do all that we can to support them through the consultation period and beyond. We will do everything possible during this time to retain the experience of employees within the business by offering roles at our other factories for example, Vicarage Lane where we continue to invest."

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Tangerine Confectionery Ltd announced plans yesterday (Thursday 6 March 2014) to transfer production and equipment from its Blackpool Clifton Road factory as part of a UK-wide reshaping of its manufacturing capabilities.

As a result of the proposed transfer to other Tangerine Confectionery sites in the UK, including Blackpool Vicarage Lane, it is expected that the Clifton Road site may close by the end of March 2015.

Up to 166 staff at the Clifton Road factory have been informed that they will be affected by the proposed changes and a consultation process with employees on both a collective and individual basis begins today.

Today’s announcement comes as the result of a strategic review which has found excess capacity across Tangerine’s manufacturing locations. The proposed changes will safeguard Tangerine’s long term contribution to Blackpool’s economic landscape and enable it to compete more effectively in what is a very challenging market.

Tangerine will continue to develop its UK operations as centres of excellence for confectionery production and is committed to creating sustainable jobs in British manufacturing.

Nigel Nelson, operations and supply chain director, said: “These changes at Tangerine are fundamental to creating sustainable jobs in Blackpool and elsewhere in our UK factories and underpin our future competitiveness as a British confectionery manufacturer.

“The decision has been made after a carefully considered review. Our primary concern at this stage is the welfare of our employees and we are committed to do all that we can to support them through the consultation period and beyond. We will do everything possible during this time to retain the experience of employees within the business by offering roles at our other factories for example, Vicarage Lane where we continue to invest.”

Tangerine Confectionery has announced the plans so that a formal consultation process can take place at the earliest opportunity. If the proposal is to go ahead the Clifton Road site is not envisaged to be closing until early 2015 and no potential redundancies would take place until the formal consultation process is concluded.

Original source: Tangerine Confectionery