Welsh Country Foods announces Anglesey closure

Welsh Country Foods (WCF) is due to close its lamb processing plant on Anglesey with immediate effect, causing an uncertain future for 310 employees, it was announced today.

In January, the company announced a 90-day consultation after one of its main customers, Asda, decided to terminate its lamb supply contract with WCF.

WCF site director Eddie Ennis said: “This is a very sad day for all those involved at WCF. We have explored every possible avenue to avoid having to take this extremely regrettable action, but unfortunately, we have been unable to identify any viable alternative to closure of the plant.”

In November, owner Vion, which acquired the plant in 2008, announced that it was selling all its UK food operations. “We have had extensive discussions with a number of parties who expressed interest in buying the plant, but regrettably no agreement could be reached with these parties whereby the site can continue operations on an ongoing basis.

“We are fully aware of the impact that this decision will have on the local economy and the community in Anglesey, but the loss of the plant’s major customer means there is no longer a viable future for the site,” Ennis said.

Weeks after Asda terminated its supply contract, Anglesey workers pledged a boycott of the supermarket.

Handling 640,000 lambs per year, WCF had been a major processing facility for Welsh lamb in North Wales.

Ennis stated that they were now working closely with local agencies to “minimise the undoubtedly significant impact on jobs and local economy”.