Up to 21 jobs at risk at Cherry Valley
Agricultural workers at Cherry Valley Foods have been warned that up to 21 jobs may be at risk.
Staff were asked to attend a meeting during the week and were handed letters to warn them a consultation process is now in progress.
The staff affected are based at two agricultural sites. Processing jobs are not affected.
New owners, Faccenda Foods, who bought Cherry Valley Foods in February this year, blamed the move on the strength of the Pound against the Euro and said it had affected exports.
The company says it will try to limit the number of redundancies and try to find alternative roles if possible.
A statement was released by the company this afternoon (Friday, May 29, 2015). It reads: “Faccenda Foods have started a consultation process which may result in up to 21 redundancies, in two locations, in their agricultural facilities. This consultation is limited to our agricultural facilities only, and does not affect jobs at our processing site.”
Philip Davidson, Faccenda’s Operations Director, added, “Faccenda Foods bought the Cherry Valley duck operation in February this year because we saw the potential to develop and grow the business.
“This remains our objective over the long term. However, we are faced with immediate challenges presented by very tough market conditions, including a strong Pound versus the Euro, which has a significant impact on our European export business.
“To protect the long-term health of the business we need to make changes to our agricultural programme. While this may lead to fewer roles in Caistor, our aim is to limit the number of redundancies and identify suitable alternative roles where possible.”
He continued, “Clearly the consultation process has just started and we will be in a position to communicate further when it has completed.”
Faccenda Foods currently employs 330 people in Caistor, and a further 3,400 across its wider UK operations. It is the only UK supplier of chicken, turkey and duck and was expected to open a £35 million processing plant at Telford this year, according to reports in www.foodmanufacture.co.uk