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February 8, 2017

UK turkey group Bernard Matthews eyes job cuts

UK turkey processor Bernard Matthews could be set to cut 150 jobs in a bid to make the business "fit for future growth".

By Dean Best

UK turkey processor Bernard Matthews could be set to cut 150 jobs in a bid to make the business “fit for future growth”.

The company, acquired last month in a pre-pack administration deal by the private investment vehicle of Ranjit Boparan, the CEO of UK food company 2 Sisters Food Group, is in talks with staff over the job losses.

At least 90 positions at the production facility at Bernard Matthews’ headquarters at Great Witchingham in Norfolk, eastern England, could be cut. A further 50 head-office roles could also be axed.

“The potential changes are a consequence of the company undertaking restructuring across its head office and a proposal to cease production of chicken at its Great Witchingham factory. If these changes proceed, they will create a business which is fit for future growth. Our focus now is to support colleagues affected and ensure we explore all options available to us to mitigate potential job losses,” a spokesperson for Bernard Matthews said.

Boparan’s acquisition of Bernard Matthews, announced in September, was cleared by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority last month.

What next for UK turkey processor Bernard Matthews? – just-food analysis published in September

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