Supply chain issues prompt abattoir closure

A Scottish halal abattoir is set to close with the loss of more than 100 jobs, after its owners said its location caused the business “significant supply chain complexities”. 

The 1 Stop Halal facility in Letham, Angus, is 500 miles from the company’s manufacturing plant in Haughley Park, Suffolk. The firm said it had found an alternative abattoir nearby in the Suffolk town of Eye and would be looking to acquire these facilities in the next few months.

Employees of the Letham abattoir were told of the closure plans on Wednesday and a 45-day consultation period has started.

“Our immediate priority now is to have meaningful discussions with our colleagues during this consultation period to see if other alternatives can be found to minimise the impact of our proposals,” said a spokesman.

2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG) operates a nearby plant in Coupar, Angus and is currently recruiting 90 new staff. A spokesman for 2SFG said the company would be “talking to [1 Stop Halal] to see if there is an opportunity for their people to join us at Coupar”.

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