Danish Crown, the meat processing group, has shaken up its production base in the UK with plans to close two sites.

The company, which is Europe's largest meat processor, is looking to close its facilities on Thetford and Bromborough, as well as its slaughtering department in Linton.

Danish Crown said production would be switched to other sites run by UK subsidiary Tulip. Production of fried bacon at Thetford will be moved to a facility in Bodmin.

Tulip's Boston site will take on the production of boiled and sliced cooked meats from the Bromborough facility.

A Danish Crown spokesperson said the company's UK business had grown in recent years through a series of acquisitions and the group wanted to revamp its operations in the country.

"When you buy up other companies and facilities, you need to look into your whole production capacity and the best way to operate financially," the spokesperson told just-food today (20 January).

The spokesperson said Danish Crown had started consultation talks with staff affected by the moves.