November 26, 2019 3.07 pm This story is over 48 months old

Over 200 jobs at risk at McCain’s factory near Grantham

There will be a consultation period

Around 230 jobs are under threat at a major food manufacturer’s plant near Grantham due to optimising its “network of production facilities in the UK”.

McCain Foods (GB) Ltd, which is the UK’s largest branded manufacturer of frozen potato products, recently announced it is proposing to reduce the employee numbers at its plant at Easton near Grantham, subject to consultation.

This would put jobs around 230 Grantham McCain employees at risk of redundancy.

The proposed job losses are part of efficiency savings and the factory will still operate if the redundancies go ahead. Around 150 jobs will still remain at the site.

McCain Foods (GB) Ltd employs over 1,600 people, with production facilities in Scarborough, Whittlesey, Wombourne, Hull and Grantham, and a potato seed business in Montrose, Scotland. The Grantham plant was a sister company to McCain until 2017, operating under the name PAS (Grantham) Ltd.

A spokesperson for the company said: “This proposal has been made after an extensive review of current and future requirements for the McCain UK business, and will ensure we continue to be an efficient and customer-focused business that is fit for the future.

“If the proposal is accepted, the site will continue production with approximately 150 roles ongoing. We remain committed to our operations in Grantham and the UK and no other McCain sites are included in this proposal.

“The employees at our Grantham plant are loyal and hard-working, and it’s our priority now to ensure that every affected colleague is treated with fairness and respect, and given our full support through the consultation period.”

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