UK-based convenience food group Uniq has said it is planning a major reorganisation of its UK business that will result in 75 to 90 job cuts.
The company said it will create six, entrepreneurially-led, customer focused business units – three desserts businesses, sandwiches & dips, prepared salads, and fish & ready meals. Each unit will be profit-accountable and under the overall leadership of new UK divisional managing director, Rick Turnbull.

“In conjunction with these changes the desserts supply chain has been reassessed.  As a result Evercreech will remain open and will form the basis for one of the new desserts businesses focused on a key customer and the site’s expertise in premium desserts and cottage cheese,” said newly-appointed chief executive Geoff Eaton.

 “The UK restructuring is consistent with the existing ‘Fit for Purpose’ programme announced earlier in the year, but takes the principles to another level at no extra cost.  It is anticipated that it will result in a headcount reduction of 75 to 90, generate substantial cost savings and ensure the businesses are leaner and more responsive to customer and market opportunities,” Eaton added.

In Southern Europe, Uniq said there are opportunities in convenience for developing category management and capitalising further on the strength of the Marie brand, improving efficiency through building cross functional teams at the factories and developing a leaner and faster NPD process. Releasing the business from previous corporate restrictions will enable the business to launch the Marie brand into Belgium, the company said.

“In Northern Europe there is a strong culture of cost reduction across the region with strong regional operational management. The opportunity is to leverage more effectively the operational strength into each market served through more focused sales and marketing effort at the local level,” Eaton said.