Morrison's buys Farmcare's troubled potato packing plant

Supermarket Morrisons has concluded a deal to buy and Farmcare's Carnoustie potato packing plant, following earlier warnings of job losses at the site.

Image: Evelyn Simak (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Image: Evelyn Simak (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Morrisons has said it will commence Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations (TUPE) discussions with Farmcare's Carnoustie staff as part of the agreement.

The acquisition of the Carnoustie plant will mean Morrisons now has 17 food manufacturing sites around the UK.

Andrew Thornber, Managing Director of Morrisons Manufacturing said: "This shows Morrisons commitment to working directly with growers in Scotland and offering our customers the very best quality fresh produce."

Farmcare CEO Richard Quinn said: "The deal with Morrisons is a strong strategic fit. We look forward to an ongoing relationship which allows Farmcare to concentrate on what we do best: growing great crops and working closely with Morrisons as a supplier of choice."

Farmcare's Carnoustie site was one of 11 around the UK supplying produce to Morrisons. The remaining sites in the group remain part of Farmcare, which traded as Cooperative Farms until bought by the Wellcome Trust in 2014.

In September last year Farmcare said it expected to have to make redundancies at the Carnoustie site, which lacks processing facilities, following lower trade volumes when a major supply contract concluded.


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