Sector News

Arla to close Essex dairy

March 8, 2016
Food & Drink

Arla Foods is planning to close its fresh milk operation at Hatfield Peverel dairy in Essex.

The site processes milk for Arla Cravendale and Arla Big Milk, as well as for own-label fresh and organic milk for large retailers.

The proposal would mean the loss or relocation of up to 200 jobs by the end of July this year, said Arla, with the possibility of a further 32 employees being transferred to a logitsics company.

The job changes are in addition to the 500 job losses announced in early February as part of a global reorganisation aimed at creating a simpler, more agile structure and to reduce duplication across countries, said the company.

The company will move most of the volume lost by the closure of the Essex operation to its new £120m site at Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, which it opened in 2014.

Smaller volumes of milk would be delivered to other Arla fresh milk dairies dependent on customer requirements and a full consultation was being carried out with affected staff, said the co-operative.

More than 130 workers at the site earmarked for closure are represented by the union Unite. Regional officer Mark Barter said that the first opportunity to meet management would probably be this Friday.

“We will be asking for the reasons why this plant has had to close – we will require a full explanation.”

“There is not much similar employment in the area and the commute to Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire would be far too much on a daily basis.

“We will want to investigate every opportunity to save these milk production jobs.”

By Suzie Horne

Source: Farmers Weekly

comments closed

Related News

September 25, 2022

Coca-Cola names new president of global ventures

Food & Drink

The Coca-Cola Co. has promoted Evguenia (Jeny) Stoichkova to president of global ventures, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Ms. Stoichkova joined Coca-Cola Bulgaria in 2004 and was most recently the president of the company’s Eurasia & Middle East division, a role she has held since 2021.

September 25, 2022

Perfect Day allies with Onego Bio to speed-up launch of animal-free eggs

Food & Drink

US-based Perfect Day, is partnering with Onego Bio, which specializes in creating animal-free eggs, aiming to accelerate the timeline to bring the eggs to the market. The business, with the use of its technology, plans to commercialize animal-free ovalbumin, the most abundant egg white protein extracted through precision fermentation.

September 25, 2022

EU fails on food waste: Report reveals bloc discards more than it imports

Food & Drink

Food waste costs the EU €143 billion per year (US$141.7 billion), with a report by Feedback EU raising the alarm of how it’s vital to reduce waste from farm to fork 50% by 2030 and the only way this will be achieved is by enforcing a mandatory directive forcing the food industry to do better and retailers to pay a tax of food waste.