Vion to close Sheffield site

Vion is to close its Sheffield site as part of the restructuring of its sausage processing business.

The company has yet to confirm how many of the 205 jobs at risk will be made redundant and how many will be transferred to other sites in the north of England.

Operations in Sheffield will be transferred to Vion Hallís in Broxburn, West Lothian, which the company maintains offers potential for further expansion. It cited a challenging trading climate and fierce competition as the reason for the restructuring and said that the Sheffield site had been operating below capacity.

A consultation process is still ongoing for the proposed move of Vionís poultry operations at Thorne in Yorkshire to two sites in Scotland and Wales Ė a transfer that could lead to the loss of 255 jobs.

Last year, 181 jobs were cut at Vionís Welsh Country Foods meat processing plant in Anglesey, while a further 180 jobs were axed at its Haverhill cooked meats plant in Suffolk. However, in August 2010, the company announced major investment in its Scottish operations at Coupar Angus and Cambuslang, creating approximately 250 jobs and safeguarding a further 234.

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