Cargill to stop producing Asda poultry
Global agri-food business, Cargill, will cease its production of Bread and Battered (B&B) products for Asda at its poultry processing plant in Yazor Road, Hereford, effective 1st June 2016.
In a statement issued from the company it said: “This extremely difficult situation follows the disappointing loss of the Asda B&B business during a competitive tendering process.
“In light of this, Cargill’s European chicken business has decided to further increase its focus on growing its primary fresh chicken business in line with its £35 million investment in fresh chicken over the past several years.”
The proposed change is set to affect 230 roles at Cargill, mainly at its Yazor Road site. However, the company, which has now entered a consultation period with employees and their Union representatives, hopes to redeploy as many of its employees across its other sites.
Speaking on behalf of Cargill, Mary Thompson, managing director at Cargill Meats Europe, said: “This is not an easy announcement to make, every effort will be made to minimise the impact of this on our employees, they are our first priority here.
“I’d like to personally thank every employee for all their hard work and commitment to Cargill and producing such high quality fantastic products.”
No other Cargill operations are affected by this announcement and the company will continue to operate its UK poultry processing operations in Wolverhampton, Hereford and Newent.