JOBS are set to be axed at a Wisbech food processing company after plans were announced to consolidate operations at its Grantham site.

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Moy Park announced plans today to “reposition” its processing plant in Wisbech as a cooked sliced meat facility as part of a £20million investment at its factory in Grantham.

However, there will be a reduction in the number of staff employed at the Wisbech factory, in Mount Pleasant Road.

Moy Park currently employs 350 people in Wisbech, some of whom are agency workers. A spokesman said it is unclear how many jobs will be lost due to the changes.

The proposed investment at Grantham will see a new facility built, increasing capacity by more than 25 per cent and creating more than 150 jobs.

Nigel Dunlop, Moy Park chief executive, said: “This proposed new development will transform our Grantham site into one of the most efficient state-of-the-art operations of its kind in the UK and Europe. It will allow us to continue to successfully grow in line with market opportunities and develop our convenience foods division.

“In order to further enhance our innovation and customer service, strengthen our competitive position and build upon our success in this sector, we plan to consolidate our Grantham and Wisbech convenience foods operations to deliver a more streamlined structure for the business.

“We are commencing consultation with all the affected staff regarding these proposed changes.

“As part of this major investment it is proposed that Wisbech will be repositioned as a cooked sliced meat facility.

“Full consultations on this change will start immediately with all employees and if the proposal is confirmed the affected employees will be offered a guaranteed option of full redeployment to other manufacturing sites within the group.”

Located in 13 sites in the UK, France and Holland, Moy Park employs almost 10,000 staff producing 1,500 products for categories including fresh poultry, coated poultry, ready to eat, light bites and sides, meat-free and desserts.

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