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January 3, 2020

Bakkavor confirms job cuts at UK salads site

Bakkavor, the UK-based manufacturer of private-label fresh prepared foods, has confirmed it will cut the number of staff at one of its domestic plants.

By Leonie Barrie

Bakkavor, the UK-based manufacturer of private-label fresh prepared foods, has confirmed it will cut the number of staff at one of its plants in east England.

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The company, which supplies major UK retailers, including Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, has been consulting with concerned parties at the site in Spalding, Lincolnshire, since the prospect of job cuts was first announced in October but now it has confirmed jobs will go.

It has not confirmed numbers but said it will be lower than expected.

In a statement the company said: “We can confirm that Bakkavor Salads has completed the consultation period and the proposal to reduce roles within one of its factories at Spalding is to go ahead. 

“Whilst sadly we will lose some colleagues through redundancy in the New Year, we’ve successfully secured alternative roles for the vast majority of people impacted by the change and the number of redundancies is likely to be to be significantly lower than expected.

“We appreciate that this is an unsettling and difficult time for everyone affected and would like to stress that this decision in no way reflects the commitment and hard work of the employees at the site.”

Back in October it was said that some 250 jobs were at risk but London-headquartered Bakkavor said at the time that it has a number of other facilities which provided opportunities for relocation for the affected workers.

It said then that the reorganisation was necessary to ensure the Spalding factory remained sustainable for the future.

Another Bakkavor site in Holbeach, St Marks, Lincolnshire, was shut in April 2019 with 350 employees offered jobs at other nearby sites. That site was operated by its Freshcook unit.

Bakkavor produces a range of food items from bread to pizza, fresh vegetables and salads, and desserts. It is listed on the capital’s stock exchange and has operations in the US and China. 

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