2 Sisters to shut down factories and axe jobs at 3 facilities

636540299552016962chickenprocessing.jpg

12 Feb 2018 --- UK chicken supplier 2 Sisters Food Group, which was at the center of a food hygiene scandal last year, has announced it plans to cut jobs and close three factories across Britain. A consultation period has been launched to close the 2 Sisters’ Cambuslang factory in Scotland in addition to its West Midlands sites in Smethwick and Wolverhampton. However, while 900 jobs will be affected by this move, the company has announced 1,000 new roles.

The food group, the largest supplier of chicken to UK-based retailers, has been in the spotlight since last September when news first broke that it was embroiled in a food safety breach.
 
British supermarkets were warned that they could be selling chicken past its sell-by date after an investigation found that the chicken supplier may have been tampering with food safety records. An investigation by The Guardian newspaper and ITV News recorded undercover footage of workers altering the slaughter date of poultry being processed at a 2 Sisters Food Group plant.
 
After the undercover footage initially emerged, the company, which is owned by so-called “chicken king” entrepreneur Ranjit Boparan, temporarily shut down the plant in West Bromwich last year. 

A spokesperson for 2 Sisters responding by noting: “As we continue to build a better business, we are simplifying how we work and investing in the areas that can make the most positive difference to our UK poultry operations. This means that we will be creating up to 1,000 new roles within the poultry supply chain. However, we do have areas of significant challenge and regrettably, 900 roles will be at risk at three sites loss-making sites which we propose to close. Our focus now will be to support all affected colleagues and explore all alternative options available to us before making any final decisions.”

2 Sisters is creating new jobs at the following UK poultry sites: Willand, Devon (300 new roles); Site D, West Bromwich (potentially 400 new roles); Coupar Angus, Scotland (250 new roles); Llangefni, Anglesey (35 new roles); Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire (30 new roles). The sites currently in consultation around closure proposals are: Cambuslang (Scotland) – 450 colleagues; Site C (Smethwick) – 350 colleagues; Site E (Wolverhampton) – 100 colleagues.

However, Britain’s largest union, Unite said it would leave “no stone unturned” in the fight to save jobs and avert the closure of the three poultry plants.
 
According to the union, workers have been informed of the potential job losses and Unite will now enter into consultation with the company and press the case for investment and alternatives to the planned closures in a series of meetings over the coming weeks.
 
“These plans have caused a lot of uncertainty and dismay for the workers involved. Unite will be doing everything it can to support our members and secure their futures following this announcement,” said Unite national officer for food Joe Clarke.
 
“These plans will impact on communities and employment opportunities in Scotland and the West Midlands. Over the coming days and weeks, Unite will be pressing the case for jobs and investment to save the three sites from closure.”
 
“It may not be a viable option for workers at the Cambuslang site to be redeployed because of the distances involved to the other sites run by the company in Scotland, while workers in the West Midlands who keep their job face disruption and uncertainty.”
 
“Workers who have stuck with the company through thick and thin and worked hard to make it a success will inevitably feel a sense of betrayal. The 2 Sisters Food Group needs to engage in the consultation constructively and be willing to listen to alternatives to site closures.”

To contact our editorial team please email us at editorial@cnsmedia.com

Related Articles

Business News

Tesco to cut food waste by ditching fruit and vegetable “Best Before” dates 

22 May 2018 --- UK retailer Tesco is scrapping “Best Before” consumption guidance dates from almost 70 fruit and vegetable lines in its latest move to help reduce food waste. The move is being made to help prevent perfectly edible food from being thrown away and is part of the supermarkets ongoing efforts to cut waste. It follows a recent campaign by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) into causes of food waste which found that less than half of respondents understood the meaning of “Best Before” dates.

Food Ingredients News

Insect farming collaboration: Roundtable welcomes certification efforts for transparency

21 May 2018 --- The 2nd International conference “Insect to Feed the World” held from May 15-18, 2018 in Wuhan (China), marked the official occasion to lay the foundation for the international collaboration between 4 regional insect associations: IPIFF, AFFIA, IPAA & NACIA. Representing respectively European, Asian, Australian and American insect producers, these associations decided to organize a roundtable to make a step toward the development of the insect industry by agreeing on priority topics to work on: Codex Alimentarius, certification, education and good hygiene practices.

Food Ingredients News

Dairy groups applaud defeat of raw milk amendment

21 May 2018 --- Opposition from a strong coalition of dairy farmers, processors, consumer groups, food safety advocates, federal and state public health regulators, the medical community and other key stakeholders has led to the defeat of an amendment to the 2018 House Farm Bill that would have allowed the interstate sale of unpasteurized milk in the US.

Food Ingredients News

Campbell Soup CEO retires as company sales fall flat

21 May 2018 --- Campbell Soup has announced that its CEO Denise Morrison is retiring immediately and be replaced by board member Keith McLoughlin as interim CEO. It came as shares in Campbell Soup, which recently acquired the Snyder's-Lance snack company, were down 11 percent at US$34.85 in early trading and the company reported a loss of $393 million on sales of $2.13 billion, or US$1.31 per share, in the quarter ended April 29, compared with a profit a year ago. This was mainly due to a US$647 million charge for its Campbell Fresh division, which is now being reviewed.

Packaging & Technology News

FrieslandCampina launches “innovative plant material” cardboard liter pack

21 May 2018 --- FrieslandCampina’s long-keeping chocolate milk brand, Chocomel, is set to be packaged in a new, innovative cardboard liter pack made up of 80 percent raw plant material from Tetra Pak. The move places Chocomel as the first product to be packed in the liter pack, of which wood and sugar are the parent materials.

More Articles