Tayto pledges to keep suppliers

Growers supplying crisp manufacturer Tayto Group have been assured there will be no cutbacks in potato purchases despite the announcement that some 260 jobs are at risk within the group.

The company has entered a period of consultation with unions over the future of staff at its Corby plant. The jobs are under threat after Proctor & Gamble (P&G) decided to discontinue production of Pringles Mini crisps at the plant.

The Tayto Group, which acquired the former Golden Wonder plant in 2006, had entered into a long-term production agreement with P&G.

However, a representative for Tayto has assured potato growers supplying the company that they will not be affected by the production change.

She explained: "This will not affect producers supplying potatoes to us, as Pringles Mini crisps was only a small part of the production total."

She went on to say that the Tayto Group has increased turnover from £15m to £150m in five years and is still forecasting year-on-year growth of 16 per cent.

"We are in a period of acquisition, which also means there have to be periods of consolidation that can, in some cases, mean closure."

Earlier, the company had issued a statement to local media that indicated there was a possibility of a merger between its Corby and Wednesbury plants. The statement read: "Tayto Group is now the third-biggest crisp and snack manufacturer in the UK and we have a very clear vision for the development of our business.

"We have entered into consultation with all of the staff at both plants, as we are legally required to do, but we certainly don't anticipate making all these people redundant.

"The snack market is very competitive and dynamic, and this review - including the possibility that the Corby and Wednesbury sites could be merged - will significantly strengthen our position in the sector."

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