170 jobs at risk at Tulip’s Bodmin site

Tulip has today entered into a period of collective consultation with employees and their representatives at its food manufacturing site in Bodmin, Cornwall.

Proposals for changes at the site are currently being considered could affect up to 170 roles at the plant, company said. It is acting in response to a significant fall in production volumes at the site due to loss of business,

Tulip said in statement: “The collective consultation period will be followed by individual consultations with those directly impacted. We will work closely with our people at Bodmin to help to minimise the impact of today’s announcement where possible.”

“Tulip Ltd remains in a strong position and the Bodmin facility is one of the finest food factories in the UK, with significant future potential to serve both Tulip and Danish Crown’s customers in the UK and across Europe.

“However, immediate focus will remain on supporting colleagues directly impacted by this announcement and supporting the future of the Bodmin site.”

Tulip operates 15 plants, employing 5,900 people, in the UK, according to its website, producing four main product groups – bacon, luncheon meat, canned goods and poultry products – under the Danepak, Tulip, Plumrose and Celebrity brands.

It reported a loss of £22 million in the 12 months to September 2016, prompting fears of factory closures. But, following the appointment of Steve Francis as CEO, the company is confident it is turning things around.

Commenting last year in a statement that announced proposed job losses at its loss-making Kings Lynn site, Mr Francis said: “Now, the downward trend is not only reversed, since the beginning of June, Tulip has actually started making money again on a weekly basis.”

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