Spanish union CCOO has criticised a decision by Grupo Bimbo to close a manufacturing facility in the south-east of the country.

In a statement published online, CCOO said the Mexico-based bakery giant had “informed the workers’ representatives” of the plans.

According to the union, the factory in El Verger, a town close to Alicante, employs 90 people.

CCOO said it “rejects the decision and is already considering the timeline of demonstrations”.

According to Spanish news agency Europa Press, the facility produces bread and the snack brand, Takis.

Spanish business daily El Economista said Bimbo had recently opened a Takis manufacturing line at its factory in Santa Perpètua, near Barcelona.

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Just Food has approached Bimbo for comment.

Europa Press said consultation lasting 30 days will soon begin. According to the agency, the union said the plant “had become a reference for the region, which lives off tourism and lacks industrial activity that is fundamental”.

Bimbo, meanwhile, this week confirmed it had acquired Spain-based gluten-free bakery company, Amaritta.

Elsewhere in Spain, Danone today (12 January) confirmed it intends to shut its dairy and plant-based yogurts facility in Parets del Vallès, located north of Barcelona.

Danone said the decision was made as “part of a local rationalisation process with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of brands and gaining industrial efficiency”.

CCOO confirmed the company had shared its decision to close the facility with the local works council.

In a statement, the union said it “flatly rejects the closure announcement and urges the company to reverse its intentions”.