2 SISTERS FOOD GROUP has said it intends to close its poultry processing facility in Llangefni on Ynys Mon (Anglesey).
In a statement, the firm said it needed to make “operational changes” given challenges facing the food manufacturing sector.
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It described the Llangefni site as old and one of its smallest facilities lacking the space required to be efficient. It currently processes about 365,000 birds/week, supplying other 2 Sisters’ divisions and two food service customers.
2 Sisters acquired the factory in June 2013 following the UK exit of Dutch protein company Vion
A spokesman added: “The cost to produce here is higher, and it would require significant investment to bring it up to the standards of our other factories.
“Our products can be made more efficiently elsewhere across our estate.
“Therefore, our proposal is to cease operations at the factory, putting the site at risk of closure.
“Clearly, this will be extremely disappointing news for our Llangefni colleagues, and it is no reflection of their continuing hard work and commitment.
“However, we have a duty to remain competitive and protect our wider business on which many thousands of people depend.
“Our key priority now is to hold meaningful consultations with all affected employees and their representatives and explore the full range of options before making any final decisions about the closure of the site.”
About 730 people are employed by 2 Sisters in Llangefni, and Tory MP for Ynys Mon Virginia Crosby, described the news as “devastating”.
“I was briefed by the company this morning and it appears it has been badly affected by a range of issues with energy cost rises in April being a major part of the decision to consult on a closure to protect other parts of the business.
Energy cost rises
“I will be speaking to the unions very soon and I would support a task group being set up to help navigate what is happening and what could happen, if the factory closes.
“I am also meeting with the Chancellor this morning and I will be raising what is happening on the island with him as a matter of urgency.”