BERNARD MATTHEWS has confirmed the closure of its Great Witchingham cooked poultry site.

It marks the end of poultry production at the site, which has been owned by Bernard Matthews since 1955. It employs around 600 people.

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A spokesperson for the site said: “Following a period of extensive consultations with colleagues, regrettably we can confirm that the proposal to close our site at Great Witchingham site will now proceed.

“It is anticipated operations will cease at a date to be confirmed at the end of March.

“We understand this will be very disappointing news for all concerned and a very difficult time for colleagues, who we commend for acting in such a professional and courteous manner during this unsettling period.

“We promised that our key priority was to create as many opportunities and offer as much support as possible for all of those affected by this closure.

Alternative roles

“Thanks to the efforts of our teams, we are pleased to confirm that the large majority of colleagues will be offered roles at our five poultry processing locations in Norfolk and Suffolk. Remaining colleagues will be fully supported and all options explored before any final decisions are made.

“Whilst we recognise that it is difficult to satisfy every employee in these difficult circumstances, we remain committed to doing all we can and will be offering additional support until operations wind down in the coming weeks.”