S&A Foods to shed 50 jobs at its Derby factory

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Image caption S&A Foods said it would have to restructure its plant in Peartree, Derby

A ready meals company which started life in its owner's Derby kitchen is to shed 50 of its 400 jobs.

S&A Foods, which specialises in Indian meals, said it was having to restructure to remain competitive.

The firm was founded by Perween Warsi CBE in the 1980s who named it after her sons Sadiq and Abid.

The company blamed an "increasingly challenging" trading environment and said it hoped most losses would be through voluntary redundancy.

In a statement, managing director Des Kingsley said the losses would be across all levels and all departments and staff had been consulted.

The company faced similar difficulties in 2012 when it had to cut 80 jobs from its workforce of 560.

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