Vion mulls poultry plant closure

Vion, the meat processing company, is to move its poultry work from Thorne in Yorkshire to two sites in Scotland and Wales – a transfer that could lead to the loss of 255 jobs.

It said a review had identified a number of issues facing its Thorne site that resulted in the proposed transfer of operations to other sites. Thorne’s poultry processing operations will be transferred to Vion Sandycroft and Vion Coupar Angus.

The move follows previously announced plans to stop work at a sausage plant in Sheffield, with the loss of around 205 jobs.

Peter Miller, managing director of Vion’s poultry business unit said, “We regret the need for the proposed changes that have been announced today, which are necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of our operations.

“The commitment from the team at Thorne has never been in question, and we are committed to consulting with our employees and their Union representatives to mitigate against job losses. Throughout the consultation process, the business will be considering all alternative proposals and doing all that it can to support our employees through what is undoubtedly a very difficult period.”

Vion said its Thorne poultry plant suffered from a lack of contract growers close to the site limits, meaning the site is unable to operate to capacity.

It also said that significant volumes of birds were transported each week from farms as far away as southern Scotland and that the site required significant investment over the next five years to ensure compliance with health, safety, environmental and hygiene legislation.


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