Bernard Matthews set to shed 22 jobs

Job losses at Bernard Matthews plants in East Anglia are now unlikely to be as severe as anticipated, with the company claiming it has managed to safeguard 140 jobs.

Earlier in the year, management had warned that a total of 160 jobs were at risk, as whole bird production was moved from Great Witchingham to Holton in Suffolk.

But now, following a strong Christmas period and increasing demand during the year, management has indicated there will be fewer jobs shed.

The need for increased capacity means the job losses could drop to just 22.

Production has also been buoyed by the acquisition earlier this month of Lincs Turkeys.

A senior spokesman at Bernard Matthews commented: "We are delighted to be making this announcement for two reasons.

"Firstly, we've managed to safeguard nearly 140 jobs, which, in a tough economic climate, is great news for our employees and their families.

"Secondly, alongside the recent acquisition of Lincs Turkeys, it is further evidence that the company has turned the corner and is making good progress in relation to its plans to drive profitable growth.

"However, we know we still have a long way to go and will continue to seek out business efficiencies in order to remain competitive."

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