McCain Foods has blamed the rising New Zealand dollar for a review of its ready meals production in the country.

The company said around 20 staff have been affected by the decision to change production at its plant in Hastings on New Zealand’s North Island.

“McCain Foods has had to review its ready-made meals operation in Hastings, New Zealand in response to the impact of the rising New Zealand dollar on its export markets, principally in Australia,” the group told just-food.

“Around 20 positions have been affected by this decision, however, McCain Foods hopes to offer positions to a number of those affected in its Hastings vegetable plant.”

Reports in New Zealand said McCain is proposing to cut year-round production back to just ten days a year.

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