Tulip to slash workforce at Wolverhampton site

Tulip has announced its plans to axe 208 jobs at its Freshway Chilled Foods business in Wolverhampton.

The announcement comes after Freshway Chilled Foods, which produces sandwiches and fillings, failed to retain business supplying products to The Foodservice Centre (FSC), after 18 years of working together.

A 45-day consultation period has started between Freshway, the employee works council and union representatives over potential redundancies.

Kirsty Wilkins, group HR director for Tulip, said: It is with great regret that Tulip announces formal consultation over a proposal to close Freshway Chilled Foods following the loss of core business with FSC after 18 successful years. The loss of the FSC business will result in a 50% reduction in the sites turnover, making it economically unsustainable to maintain operations. While we continue to explore ways in which we may be able to secure a future for the business, we cannot see a viable alternative to closure at this point in time.

A number of options are being discussed as part of the consultation process, including the possible redeployment of employees into alternative permanent roles at other Tulip sites. A review is also being carried out on whether spare capacity across various Tulip manufacturing sites may be utilised for the remaining business at the Freshway site.

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