Bernard Matthews responds to redundancy claims

Turkey processing company Bernard Matthews has responded to claims that it is facing financial hardship. 

Despite claims that the business has laid off employees, a spokesperson for the company said: “Bernard Matthews has had a small redundancy programme to adapt the business to current needs, but otherwise the business continues as usual.”

Meat Trades Journal was told that nobody from the company had been made redundant, but if that was the case, there were funds to settle redundancy payments.

Earlier this year, Bernard Matthews filed a loss in sales for the year ending 28 June 2015. Companies House reported that sales for the time period were £276.7m, down from £306.8m in the same timeframe the year before.

Meanwhile, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wrote an open letter to Bernard Matthews’ chief executive Rob Burnett, urging him to consider going down the vegan route in an attempt to overcome challenges.

“Successful companies adapt to the times,” said PETA’s manager of special projects Dawn Carr. “As the demand for vegan fare skyrockets, there has never been a better time for Bernard Matthews to start offering delicious vegan meat – with all the taste but none of the cruelty of animal flesh,” she claimed.

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