Ireland-based meat processor Kepak has enacted the discontinuation of one of its products, leading to job losses at its plant in Cork.

Kepak said in a statement it decided earlier this year to discontinue its supply of “slow-cooked product into the UK” as part of a “comprehensive strategic review.”

The company reported that customers were aware of the decision and that it is “engaging constructively” with those employees affected at the Cork facility.

According to Irish newspaper The Echo, up to 120 jobs are set to be cut. The Cork facility also reportedly employs 600 people in meat processing and consumer food marketing.

Around 140 people reportedly work in the slow-cooked division and circa 20 of them will continue to work there as the company winds down the division, according to The Echo.

The statement from Kepak said: “We have sought to minimise the impact this will have on our colleagues, with some employees affected being redeployed into alternative roles, the development has unfortunately led to job losses.

“We are continuing to openly communicate with those affected and provide them with the support that they need.”

The slow-cooked division at the Ireland-based company prepares ready meals including pulled meats and lamb shanks.

Founded in 1966, Kepak, which owns brands such as Rustlers and Big Al’s, has 15 manufacturing sites in the UK and Ireland.

Kepak turned over £526.7m ($662.5m) in the year to 31 December 2021.