Lincolnshire

More than 100 jobs at risk at Exotic Farm Produce

More than 100 people could lose their jobs after a Lincolnshire food produce company announced plans to close its site.

Exotic Farm Produce (EFP), owned by Icelandic company Bakkavor, employs 116 people in Kirton.

All employees have been notified of a 90-day consultation period stating the company's intention to close.

A statement from Bakkavor said the business had been unprofitable "for a sustained period of time".

"This is due to the impact of reduced sales volumes and ongoing input inflation," the statement continued.

"More recently, EFP has lost a major customer contract and, despite tremendous efforts to secure new business over the past two years, the progress made has not been enough to counter this latest development.

"Unfortunately, as a result, the business is no longer in a position to sustain itself going forward.

"We appreciate that it has been a difficult period for everyone at Exotic Farm Produce over recent years and we would like to stress that this proposal does not reflect the commitment and hard work of the employees at the site."

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