More than 200 jobs at risk at factory

Up to 220 jobs could be at risk after a fruit packing factory based in Luton announced on Monday that it will be closing by the end of the year.

Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 10:38 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th July 2016, 11:42 am

It’s one of nine UK manufacturing sites owned by Hain Daniels.

The company - which makes Hartley’s and Robertson’s jam and Gales Honey - employs 220 people at its Luton site on the Britannia Estates in Leagrave Road.

It also produces the Linda McCartney range of foods and New Covent Garden soups

In a statement the company said: “Following the acquisition of Orchard House Foods by The Hain Daniels Group in December 2015, a detailed review of the fruit manufacturing facilities is currently being undertaken.

“Regrettably, Hain Daniels has announced its proposal to close the facility in Luton at the end of 2016 which coincides with the end of the lease on the facility.

“During the collective 45 day consultation period, the company will be discussing potential alternative opportunities for colleagues, within the Group.”

Nationally the company employes more than 2,500 people with sites in Fakenham in Norfolk and Cambridge.