Typhoo Tea has announced that it will shutter its tea blending and packing site in Moreton, UK, as it looks to restructure the business.
The maker of tea brands such as Glengettie, Ridgeways, Heath & Heather, London Fruit & Herb, Lift, Melroses, Freshbrew and Red Mountain says the closure – which will take place in June this year – could result in up to 90 job losses.
Typhoo is “actively exploring” different options for the site and the re-employment of its staff; however, the company notes that it will be “at least one year” before an appropriate location is operational.
Typhoo’s executive chairman, Mike Brehme, said: “Unfortunately the spiralling cost of energy and materials, alongside low levels of productivity achievable at Moreton, make it necessary to close the loss-making site. We are actively exploring options for a new site, but it will be some time before a suitable location is identified, fitted out and ready.”
“Sadly, we anticipate this resulting in approximately 90 job losses at Moreton. I would like to thank all colleagues who have contributed so much in recent, challenging times and we will do all that we can to assist everyone affected by this announcement.”
He continued: “With the support of third-party packers, we have a robust plan in place to meet the demand for Typhoo products, ensuring supplies to customers continue uninterrupted”.
“The regrettable but necessary changes allow Typhoo to realign its ambitions and refocus on the customer whilst ensuring the same high level of service and great quality tea you expect from one of the UK’s oldest and most recognised brands. 2023 marks the milestone of 120 years of Typhoo Tea. These changes allow us to set the business up for the next generation of discerning tea drinkers.”
Typhoo was taken over by Zetland Capital Partners in July 2021.
Employees who wish to remain in the company will relocate to a hub to oversee the daily management of the restructured business.
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