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Threat to 270 food processing jobs at Tulip meat manufacturer in Bodmin

The company is the town's largest employer and produces pork, bacon and cooked meats. Credit: ITV News

Almost 300 jobs are at risk in Bodmin after meat manufacturer Tulip Foods announced plans to end production at the Cornish site.

The company has started a consultation process over the proposed redundancies with a final decision due in December.

Union Unite have expressed concern over the impact on Cornwall's economy:

This is another blow for Bodmin – Tulip used to be one of the primary employers in Bodmin and the local community will suffer greatly from these losses just before Christmas. This gives us a measure of the impact of continuing political and economic uncertainty in Cornwall, causing the ongoing shrinkage of our manufacturing economy. This is another shock wave to the already battered Cornish economy.

– Deborah Hopkins, Unite Regional Officer
The company says closure is not guaranteed. Credit: ITV News

However, the company are saying that closure is not a "foregone conclusion":

Tulip Ltd can confirm that it has announced that it will be entering into consultation with employee representatives at its Bodmin facility over the future viability of the site.

The site has been operating at a significant loss for several years and while it remains a well-invested site with industry-leading capabilities, it is unsustainable to maintain operations under the existing business model.

Closure is not a foregone conclusion and Tulip Ltd is seeking to galvanise employees, customers and suppliers to coming together to agree a viable plan for the sustainable future of the site.

However, unless we can secure a joint recovery plan with our strategic partners and employees, we cannot continue to operate while making such significant losses. Therefore, we have begun a 45-day consultation process over proposals to cease production at the site, potentially putting 270 roles at risk of redundancy. We expect the consultation period to end on 9th December 2019.

– Tulip Ltd Statement

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