'No current plans for redundancies' says firm that took over Poole's Kerry Foods

'No current plans for redundancies' for company that took over Poole's Kerry Foods

'No current plans for redundancies' for company that took over Poole's Kerry Foods

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THE firm that officially took over Poole’s Kerry Foods this week says it has no current plans to make any redundancies.

Kerry Foods, which employs 700 people at its Sterte Avenue food manufacturing plant, has been acquired by the Nottingham-based Pork Farms Group to create a new company that will trade under the Pork Farms Group name.

Kerry Foods’ plants in Poole and in Spalding, Lincolnshire, will both be incorporated into the new company, which will be led by Pork Farms’ existing management team.

When quizzed about the security of jobs at the Sterte Avenue plant, a Pork Farms spokesman told the Daily Echo: “While we can never rule out the need to reduce roles in the future, we do not currently have plans for redundancies.”

In April this year the Echo revealed how 150 jobs looked set to be axed at the Poole food manufacturer, as Kerry Foods announced a review of its local operations at that time.

Back then the firm employed 860 full-time workers. This number had fallen to 700 by the time of Monday’s (Aug 18) announcement.

Chris Peters, group managing director of Pork Farms Group, said: “This acquisition is an extremely exciting next step for our business. It will provide our customers with a streamlined, more responsive and better invested supply chain, reflecting the increasingly competitive retail landscape that we are seeing in today’s market as consumers’ shopping habits change.”

The new Pork Farms Group now employs 2,554 people and produces chilled savoury foods including pork pies, sausage rolls, quiche and savoury slices and pies .

The transaction includes Kerry Foods’ manufacturing, warehouse and back office support staff at Poole.

Mr Peters said: “Over the last seven years, Pork Farms has developed a track record for innovation and quality. This move helps us to build on this, allowing us to make further investment in production facilities, R&D and innovation.

“This will expand the equality and range of products available to all our customers, and will provide new opportunities for our employees.”

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3:53pm Tue 19 Aug 14

twynhamob says...

Just wait, next week an announcement stating the opposite of today's news!
Just wait, next week an announcement stating the opposite of today's news! twynhamob
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6:50pm Tue 19 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

The writing is on the wall I fear.

Dorset is a useless hub for distribution needs.
No motorways and too many cameras and congestion.

Southampton is more appealing.
The writing is on the wall I fear. Dorset is a useless hub for distribution needs. No motorways and too many cameras and congestion. Southampton is more appealing. BIGTONE
  • Score: 3

7:59pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Teddy 1 says...

Sadly the key word here is 'current'!!
Sadly the key word here is 'current'!! Teddy 1
  • Score: 3

11:22pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

“While we can never rule out the need to reduce roles in the future,"

I would take that as a very definite threat of 'Yes.'..sometime in the future. Perhaps it is a not-to-subtle message to the Council to give it a tax holiday while it sees the way forward. Or some other creative financial incentive to remain as it is.

Poole is competing with the world. The world is a less expensive place to do business. Fact.
“While we can never rule out the need to reduce roles in the future," I would take that as a very definite threat of 'Yes.'..sometime in the future. Perhaps it is a not-to-subtle message to the Council to give it a tax holiday while it sees the way forward. Or some other creative financial incentive to remain as it is. Poole is competing with the world. The world is a less expensive place to do business. Fact. Yankee1
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