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Future of Colman's in Norwich under threat

The owners of Colman's Mustard are considering pulling out of Norwich

The owner's of Colman's Mustard are reviewing the future of their production site in Norwich.

The move by Unilever follows the decision by Britvic who share the site at Carrow to switch production to other factories elsewhere in the country a move that's put more than 240 jobs at risk

If Unilever decide to pull out as well it would end more than 200 years of mustard production in the city

In a statement Unilever said

Britvic and Unilever’s operations have been uniquely intertwined at the site for many years, relying on a shared infrastructure. Although no decisions have been made, we need to recognise that Britvic’s proposed withdrawal would have serious implications for Unilever in Norwich.

The review will look in detail at the impact of Britvic’s proposed withdrawal from the site and will consider options for the most effective sourcing of the current Norwich product range. One of those options will include the potential closure of our Norwich factory. Colman’s has been an important part of Norwich and the surrounding area for more than 200 years and, whatever the outcome of the review, we will work hard to retain this link. We remain firmly committed to UK manufacturing.

We recognise this review will cause concern for our Norwich employees, suppliers and the local community. We’re committed to treating our employees and suppliers fairly, and providing support during this difficult time.

– Unilever

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