AVARA FOODS has announced a proposal to close its Newent facility in spring 2024.

Inflationary pressures were cited as the reason for the closure of the primary processing, cut and pack’ operation, which predominantly prepares a range of fresh chicken products, primarily for food service customers, and is staffed by around 320 employees.

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It was previously known as Freemans of Newent and was part of the Joint Venture between Cargill and Faccenda in 2018.

Avara said in a statement that inflationary pressures in fuel, commodities and labour had led to it seeking efficiencies across its business, one of which being the closure of its Abergavenny facility.

“Regretfully, this process has identified that its existing chicken volumes and full product range could be processed more efficiently, and with lower capital investment, by focusing on fewer, better-invested facilities,” it continued.

“Critically, this will enable Avara to continue providing all its customers with the high levels of service, investment and innovation for which it is known. These factors have resulted in the proposal to close the Newent site.”

A collective consultation will now take place for affected staff working at the site, and Avara insisted no final decision had been made.