Food group puts 900 UK jobs at risk

2 Sisters. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

2 Sisters. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

A food group with sites in East Anglia has put 900 jobs at risk at poultry plants elsewhere in the country.

2 Sisters in Flixton. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY2 Sisters in Flixton. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG), which has two sites in East Anglia - at Thetford and Flixton, near Bungay - said it is consulting on closure proposals at three “loss-making” sites in the UK.

The sites facing closure are Cambuslang in Scotland, with 450 jobs at risk and Smethwick and Wolverhampton in England, where 350 and 100 posts are at risk respectively.

However the company said that it will be creating up to 1,000 new jobs within the poultry supply chain.

A 2SFG spokesman said: “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 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.”

2SFG said it is creating new jobs at three locations in England - Willand, Devon (300 new roles); Site D, West Bromwich (potentially 400 new roles) and Scunthorpe (30 new roles).

It also plans to create 250 new roles in Coupar Angus, Scotland and 35 at Llangefni in Wales.

The Unite union said it would fight to stop the closure of the plant in Cambuslang.

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