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Job loss fears at Tenbury's Kerry Ingredients
HUNDREDS of workers at Tenbury’s largest employer are this week confronting an uncertain future.
Kerry Ingredients, the global food business with a plant in Burford, has launched a consultation with staff ahead of a restructuring that will be implemented over the coming year.
But the company says that the future of the plant is secure and will benefit from a £6 million investment.
Kerry manufactures a range of sweeteners, flavourings and other ingredients that are used in the baking and confectionary industry around the world.
It cur rently has 370 workers based at its plant just outside Tenbury.
Frank Hayes, Corporate Affairs Director for the Business, confirmed that a consultation process with employees and their representatives be gan three weeks ago.
He said that there is no figure in mind for the number of jobs at Burford that may be at risk but under employment law an employer must undertake a formal consultation is it is thinking of making 20 or more people redundant at the same time.
Frank Hayes said that Ker ry is a successful global business and the investment in the production process will enable to plant to remain competitive.
He added that if there were any job losses then the options for redeployment within the plant would be considered.
It was only at the beginning of last year that an expansion was announced at Kerry in Tenbury.
Shortly afterwards the plant was visited by cabinet minister Eric Pickles.
The company that has its headquarters in Dublin acquired the site outside Tenbury nearly 20 years ago and has plants in various parts of the world employing more than 30,000 people.
It is listed on both the London and Dublin Stock exchanges.
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