Nestlé could be poised to shed more of its French plants, union sources claim.

Following reports in recent weeks of the sale of its plant at Chef du Pont, in Normandy (milk-based products) and at Camaret-sur-Aigues (Buitoni brand sauces), in southern France, the Force Ouvrière union says four other Nestlé plants, employing a total of just over 900 staff, could face the same fate.

The four "unprofitable" plants under threat are at Saint-Menet (Ricore brand), near Marseilles, at Pontarlier (chocolate processing), in eastern France and two powdered milk units, one at Challerange, in the Ardèche and the other at Marconnelle, in the north.

By Stuart Todd, just-food.com correspondent in France