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Britvic to close Norwich site

03 October 2017 07:50

Soft drinks group Britvic plans to close its manufacturing site in Norwich and transfer production on Robinsons and Fruit Shoot to sites in East London, Leeds and Rugby.

It said the proposal followed a detailed review of its manufacturing sites and distribution network and was being made to improve the efficiency and productivity of its manufacturing operations.

It said the proposal had been approved by the board for consultation with employees and, subject to full and proper consultation, it was proposed that the site would close towards the end of 2019.

Britvic said it had also informed Unilever, which co-owns the site, of the proposals.

Britvic has 242 employees on site that are affected by this decision.

It said every employee affected would be offered a comprehensive package of support, including redeployment opportunities at other sites and outplacement services to help find alternative employment.

Chief executive Simon Litherland said: 'Britvic is proud to be a British manufacturer and Norwich has been an important site for our business for many years.

'This is not a proposal that we make lightly and we know this is upsetting news for our colleagues.

'We are very grateful for the hard work and dedication of our employees at our Norwich factory and today's announcement is in no way a reflection on their performance or commitment.

'However the changes we are proposing today present significant productivity and efficiency savings in our manufacturing operations, deliver environmental benefits and, coupled with our ongoing investment programme in our GB manufacturing operations, ensure that we have the flexibility and capability we need to respond to changing consumer trends faster and more efficiently.

'No decisions will be made prior to full and proper consultation with employees and our focus is on ensuring we offer our colleagues on-going support and assistance throughout this difficult time.'

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