6:40 pm, Thu 13 Jun 2013
The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale has said he will 'fight vociferously for every single job' at the Heinz Factory in Kendal.
45 production and management jobs are to go and the company is switching some manufacturing to New Zealand.
Ryan Dollard reports.
12:04 pm, Thu 13 Jun 2013
The Heinz factory in Kendal
Credit: ITV Border
The future of the 45 staff at the Heinz production factory in Kendal are due to be discussed next week.
Management will meet with the Unite union to discuss the plans to shed 45 of the factory's 175 jobs as it moves production of infant milk for the Asian market to New Zealand.
11:56 am, Thu 13 Jun 2013
Talks about possible job losses at the Heinz food production factory in Kendal are due to take place.
Management will meet with the Unite union to discuss plans to shed 45 of the factory's 175 jobs as it moves production of infant milk for the Asian market to New Zealand.
The company says production will continue in Kendal for European consumers.
5:31 pm, Wed 12 Jun 2013
Heinz have blamed an "inefficient" supply chain to its markets in the Far East for the loss of 45 jobs at its factory in Kendal.
The company said that it was not cost efficient to produce baby milk products in Cumbria for export to Asia.
Instead, it says the factory in Mint Bridge Road will be making infant milks products for the European market and infant cereals and nutrition products for the UK.
It will use facilities in New Zealand to produce milk for the Far East.
“With an expanding distribution, supplying infant milks from the UK to Heinz markets in Asia and the Far East is increasingly uncompetitive and is not efficient or sustainable in the long-term.
“As a result, it is proposed that the Kendal site will focus production on infant milks for continental Europe together with dry infant cereals and nutrition products for the UK market.
“Under the proposals, including a broader efficiency review at the site, there would be a loss of 45 roles across production and management functions.”
– Spokesperson for Heinz UK
5:20 pm, Wed 12 Jun 2013
South Lakes MP Tim Farron has asked for a meeting with managers and the local council over the loss of 45 jobs at the Kendal Heinz baby food factory.
The facility, which employs 170 staff, is losing some of its production of milk products to New Zealand.
This is incredibly worrying news. I plan to meet with managers, South Lakeland District Council and the Trade Unions urgently to discuss this issue. I will be asking Heinz to bring extra production to the factory. The staff at the factory are incredibly hard working and I will be asking Heinz to do everything they possibly can to support staff and the families affected._
– Tim Farron MP & Westmorland & Lonsdale (Lib Dem)