Bakkavor makes redundancies at Lincolnshire site

Iceland-based food preparation and produce supply group Bakkavor has made 35 salaried staff redundant and has seen 140 of its hourly-paid workers take voluntary redundancy.

All of the staff worked at its Lincolnshire-based Bourne Prepared Produce factory in Bourne – 17 miles north of Peterborough.

Bakkavor – following talks with the workers’ union Unite – agreed to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies it had planned at the factory from 170 to 35 posts.

The firm said in a statement released earlier this week: "Throughout the consultation process we have discussed our proposals in detail with employees and Unite [the workers’ union] and where viable we have modified our measures to reflect their views.

"Our aim has been to sustain the business in the long term against some difficult trading conditions in the food sector and we are grateful to our staff for their continued patience and understanding."

Bakkavor hit on hard times a couple of years ago when, as reported in Horticulture Week in January 2009,  speculation about the state of the group’s financial affairs prompted it to issue an explanatory statement. It holds £140m in an Icelandic bank, now government-owned, which - it said at the time - it was confident of recovering.

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