Pork Farms completes consultation over future of Trowbridge site

Pork Farms yesterday announced the closure of its Trowbridge site following the completion of a 90-day consultation process with staff and union

s. The company said it has concluded that the Trowbridge site will transfer production to Queens Drive, Nottingham from January to March 2008, and will close in April 2008.

The announcement follows a company-wide strategic cold pie review which identified the requirement for a single manufacturing investment that would be a centre of excellence for Cold Pie manufacturing. The issues the review addressed were Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and the need for a significant capital investment

The company explained that due to its location in the PGI region for Melton Mowbray Pork Pies, and its current portfolio of Pork Farms products, Queens Drive in Nottingham is the site identified to be the single manufacturing site. Investment in Queens Drive, to a value of £11m, is already underway and due for completion in five months time.

It added throughout the consultation process, which was announced in July 2007, the business has been actively looking to redeploy employees to other sites, especially the Shaftesbury site, which is 25 miles away. Transfers have already been secured for some employees to both Shaftesbury and the other sites within Pork Farms.

The business will be providing significant outplacement support in finding new employment or training opportunities for those affected and a number of forums have already been established to facilitate the most effective support for our workforce.

Mike Godley, general manager at Trowbridge said: "The relocation from Trowbridge is a crucial course of action needed to achieve the cost structure required to protect and develop our future business in the UK.

"We have consulted fully with all potentially affected employees and ensured all interested parties have been kept aware of the situation. We continue to actively seek redeployment for employees to other Pork Farms factories. Our thanks go out to employees and trade unions for their assistance and continued support."