Greencore - consulting with employees.

Greencore - consulting with employees.

Irish food group Greencore has confirmed rumours that it is restructuring its UK operations.

It has not said whether redundancies will be made but confirmed in a statement it is in talks with employees.

The Dublin-headquartered chilled food manufacturer, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, was responding to a just-food enquiry.

Its statement said: "Greencore can confirm that it is simplifying its corporate structure in the UK into two divisions. The new structure will deliver improved efficiency and a better ability to respond to its customers' needs. 

"As a result of these changes, Greencore is now in consultation with a number of employees. The company is unable to provide any further comment until this process has been concluded."

Earlier, just-food had heard about alleged restructuring plans at the company from a source who suggested Greencore was planning to merge its food-to-go and convenience divisions, forcing redundancies in technical, HR, IT and other departments.

In July Greencore, which supplies the likes of Marks & Spencer, confirmed it was closing its plant in Evercreech, Somerset, with local newspapers suggesting up to 400 jobs could be lost.

It is unclear whether the restructuring announced today is linked to this closure.

And in August the company, which also has operations in the US, said it planned to "refocus" its plant in Jacksonville, Florida, replacing frozen products with fresh.

Greencore employs more than 30.000 people across its manufacturing facilities in the UK and US.