ForFarmers UK has announced its intention to close its site in Blandford, North Dorset, in the second quarter of 2019.
This, the company said, is in line with its objective to optimise its supply chain. The feed volume that is currently manufactured by the Blandford mill will be transferred to ForFarmers’ facilities in Exeter and Portbury. The closing date of the Blandford site will determined after finalising the required consultation process, which starts today.
ForFarmers said that this closure is part of the previously announced £5 million reduction plan. The intended closing of Blandford impacts around 30 employees.
The Blandford volume comprises compound feed and organic feed. ForFarmers plans to relocate the production of conventional feed volume to the newly constructed Exeter mill and that of organic feed to Portbury, which has recently been equipped with additional raw material storage bins to support the production of organic feed.
A dedicated project team has been deployed to ensure a seamless transfer. Jointly with this relocation, ForFarmers UK is enhancing its delivery vehicle fleet to ensure that optimal quality of customer service can be maintained.