French fry manufacturer McCain Foods has confirmed plans to shed jobs at its dry and cold store operations at its Scarborough facility in the UK. 

A spokesperson for McCain told just-food that, subject to employee consultations, the company expects the move will affect 74 hourly and salaried positions at the facility. The group employs 736 people at the site. 

Commenting on the news, Bill Bartlett, corporate affairs director for McCain Foods, stressed the cold and dry storage facility was built “over 45 years ago” and is “coming to the end of its serviceable life and no longer remains economically viable to maintain and operate”.

He said: “In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the overall facilities at Scarborough, and following a review of both cold and dry store requirements on site, the company proposes, subject to consultation, to close the Scarborough stores in their current format over the coming months and outsource its requirements to third party expertise.”

Bartlett confirmed McCain continues to “explore possible opportunities” to “update” the manufacturing capacity of its Scarborough site. “This proposal, subject to consultation, may also present options to alleviate some of the space constraints within the site,” he added.