Karro closes slaughter and butchery operations at Wiveliscombe

Karro Foods has confirmed the closure of its slaughter and butchery operations at its Wiveliscombe site, leaving 93 employees redundant.

The move was made after the company had engaged in consultations with Union representatives and employees at the end of September, and was announced on Friday (18 October).

It will retain 38 jobs in the foodservice sales operations at the slaughterhouse in Somerset, which is 20 more than proposed in July, when it announced it was considering closing down the butchery and slaughter operations.

Karro foods CEO Seamus Carr claimed it had been a “very difficult decision”. He explained: “Unfortunately, our Wiveliscombe slaughter and butchery operation did not have the necessary scale to operate profitably, and so proceeding with these changes was critical to ensure our continued viability and growth, and safeguard other jobs across our business.”

The company, based in North Yorkshire, will now focus only on curing and foodservice.

Carr continued: “We have worked hard to support impacted employees through this process and to try and mitigate the impact on them wherever possible. Employees who have been affected by the redundancies have been given the opportunity to transfer to another of our sites, and we are providing all impacted employees with ongoing training and support to assist them in finding new employment.”

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