Pladis has announced plans to close its McVitie’s biscuit manufacturing facility in Tollcross, Glasgow, putting 468 jobs at the site at risk.
The Tollcross site manufactures biscuits and snacks including McVitie’s Hobnobs and Go Ahead bars, and the proposal would see production moved to other Pladis sites within the UK.
Pladis says the rationale behind the closure is to address excess capacity across its UK sites and ensure the company can continue to invest in the future success of its business.
According to Pladis, the Tollcross factory was chosen based on a comprehensive business analysis which considered factors such as utilisation, volume and product mix.
The proposal – which is subject to a full consultation with employees – would see the factory cease operations in the second half of 2022.
David Murray, Pladis UK & Ireland managing director, said: “We know this news will be difficult for our colleagues at Tollcross. Our priority now is to provide them with the support they need during the consultation process.
“Pladis is home to some of Britain’s best loved brands which have been part of the fabric of our society for nearly two hundred years. In order to protect them for generations to come, we must take steps to address excess capacity in the UK. This overcapacity limits our ability to make the right investments in future capabilities to meet the very big changes in our industry.”
The news comes shortly after Nestlé announced plans to close its factory in Newcastle – putting 573 jobs at risk – as part of a broader set of proposed changes to its UK confectionery manufacturing.
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