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Heinz blame distribution costs for job losses

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

Tim Farron asks for talks on job losses

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)

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