1. ITV Report

Hundreds of jobs at risk as Launceston food factory Kensey Foods could close

A Cornwall food factory could close down, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

Kensey Foods in Launceston, owned by Samworth Brothers, told staff on Wednesday morning that a formal consultation process has begun regarding the "potential closure" of the site.

Kensey Foods has announced its possible closure.

The company reported it has been making a loss for the last six years, saying annual losses have added up to "tens of millions of pounds" and that the plant is not commercially viable.

It is proposed this closure would take place by the end of July.

We understand this announcement will be difficult for our colleagues at Kensey. We will be doing everything we can to support them through this consultation process. In the event of a closure it is hoped there will be opportunities for a good number of individuals to redeploy to our Callington bakery (The Cornwall Bakery) and there are also vacancies across our group in other locations. We would also work with the local job centre, employment agencies and local companies to help people find suitable new roles.

– Kensey Foods spokeswoman