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Could mustard making be coming to an end in Norwich?

Colman's of Norwich has become one of the most iconic mustard brands in the world since it started being made in the city more than two hundred years ago.

Now parent company Unilever are reviewing the future of their Norwich operation which could mean closure.

Yet just three years ago the future seemed secure as ITV Anglia reporter Kate Prout looked at the company's proud history.

Click below to watch her report from 2014

Union concern for the future of Colman's in Norwich

Unions fear that Colman's Mustard in Norwich is under threat

The Unite union say they are concerned about the future production of Colman's Mustard in Norwich after Britvic's decision to close it's drinks business on the same site resulting in more than 240 job losses.

The production of its Robinsons and Fruit Shoot brands at the site, which is co-owned with Unilever, will be transferred to east London, Leeds and Rugby. The plant will close by the end of 2019.

Now Unilever who own Colman's could be pulling out of the city as well ending more than 200 years of mustard production in Norwich.

Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said:

There are fears that Colman's Mustard in Norwich could be facing closure

The sad news that Britvic is closing its operations in Norwich also has an impact on Unilever workers who the share the same site.

This is very painful news for our members and their families at Britvic and we will be giving the maximum support to our members at what is a very difficult time in the days and weeks ahead.

Unilever has today announced a review of the whole site to be concluded by the end of November. Everything is up for review including expanding its operations, selling part of the site and, more worryingly, closure.

The whole of Norfolk needs to come together to fight for the future of Colman’s Mustard that is so identified with the city of Norwich.

– Rhys McCarthy Unite


MP holds meeting with Britvic

Simon Burns MP Credit:

Chelmsford MP Simon Burns has met with bosses of soft drinks firm Britvic over its decision to close its factory in the city. Around 230 jobs will be lost when the plant closes next year.

The Conservative said he had been reassured the firm will do all it can to help staff find alternative employment including relocation to other Britvic factories, like Norwich and the company's head office in Hemel Hempstead.

Merger deal referred to Competition Commission


A £1.4 billion deal to merge Hertfordshire-based Britvic and Irn-Bru owner AG Barr has been referred to the Competition Commission.

The Office of Fair Trading said it could not rule out the possibility of higher prices following a tie-up after surveys suggested Britvic's brands Pepsi and Tango were sufficiently close alternatives to Irn-Bru to raise competition concerns.

Britvic reports profits slide

Robinsons parent company Britvic reported a slide in profits following the recall of newly-designed bottles of its Fruit Shoot drink.

The soft drinks firm, which recently agreed a £1.4bn merger with Irn-Bru owner AG Barr, saw pre-tax profits slide 19% to £84.4m in the year to September 30.

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