Dutch food group Vion has laid out plans to restructure its sausage processing in the UK, which could lead to the closure of a site in Sheffield.

The meat processor blamed the "extremely competitive environment" in the UK for the revamp.

Vion said its Sheffield site - and a second facility in the Scottish town of Broxburn - were not using their full capacity. The company has proposed to move the work carried out in Sheffield to Broxburn, which could threaten the future of the English site and lead to the loss of around 205 jobs.

A Vion spokesman said the current competitive landscape in the UK provided the context for the proposals. "Look at the proportion of sales on promotion; it's an extremely competitive environment and the under-capacity isn't sustianable," he told just-food today (20 April).

Vion has started to consult with union representatives and Steve Francis, MD of Vion's UK pork business unit, said the company would be "looking for every opportunity to mitigate against job losses".