More than 300 jobs to go with closure of Peterlee snacks factory

The Walkers factory in Peterlee is to close. Credit: ITV News

The owners of the Walkers snacks factory in Peterlee, County Durham, has confirmed that it will close, with a potential loss of 355 jobs.

The Peterlee factory, which employs 380 workers, manufactures Wotsits, Smiths Fries, Smiths Moments, Cheetos Twisted, Crinkles and Walkers Sensations.

In March this year the company's owner, US food giant Pepsico, said it was consulting with regards to plans to close the plant.

Today the company confirmed that this would happen by the end of 2017.

Michael Hunt from the GMB Union has confirmed that there was a meeting at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield on Tuesday morning regarding the Peterlee factory.

All workers attended.