Welsh Country Foods may have to close Anglesey plant

Welsh Country Foods may have to close Anglesey plant

Welsh Country Foods could be forced to close its lamb processing business on the Island of Anglesey, employing almost 350 people, following the decision by Asda that it plans to consolidate its fresh lamb business with an alternative supplier.

The company today announced to staff it was beginning a 90-day consultation exercise with its unions and workers.

Jose Peralta, managing director of VION’s red meat business said: “This is an extremely difficult day for everyone at Welsh Country Foods following the decision by its key customer to de-list Welsh Country Foods as a supplier.

“We recognise the impact which this decision will have on the local economy and the community in Anglesey and we are currently in discussions with the retailer to establish if their decision can be overturned and if any steps can be taken to mitigate their decision.

“Throughout the consultation process we will explore every opportunity to limit any potential job losses which will include attracting new customers to the site or the sale of the business to any interested parties. We will also work with our farmer supply base to minimise any impact that this may have on their activities.”

The plant was purchased by VION Food Group in August 2008 when it acquired the Grampian Country Food Group and forms part of the Group’s red meat activities

Welsh Country Foods, employs almost 350 staff, and is the major processing facility for Welsh lamb in North Wales, handling 640,000 lambs per annum.

Jose Peralta added: “If the consultation exercise does not reveal a viable way forward for this plant regrettably we will have no other option but to close the site.

“We have today spoken to the workforce at the plant and have opened discussions with union representatives. We have also informed the Welsh Assembly, Welsh Government, and Isle of Anglesey County Council. If the plant closure is confirmed, we will take all practical steps to work with the relevant agencies to minimise the undoubtedly significant impact on jobs and the local economy.”

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