Shropshire

Uniq to cut up to 350 jobs at Shropshire creamery

Minsterley creamery
Image caption The creamery is one of the main employers in the village of Minsterley

Up to 350 people are to lose their jobs at a south Shropshire food factory.

Uniq Desserts, which owns the creamery at Minsterley, said its Everyday Desserts line had been losing money and production would end in June 2012.

Other desserts will continue to be made at the site, which used to be known as Eden Vale.

The Unite union, which represents staff at the creamery, said the job losses were "a devastating blow" to the local economy.

The creamery is one of the main employers in Minsterley, a village in the Rea Valley.

'Harsh reality'

Unite's West Midlands officer Mike Tuff said: "Finding alternative work will be very difficult, especially at a time when the economy in general and manufacturing in particular are on their knees."

The factory's managing director Steve Hill said: "I do know that today's news will come as a huge blow to everyone involved with the Minsterley site.

"The harsh reality is that, despite significant management focus and investment by Uniq over the past six years, this area [Everyday Desserts] has consistently lost money."

The latest cuts are on top of another 50 job losses announced earlier, when the company said it was closing its yoghurt-making operation.

Next summer some production of Everyday Desserts will transfer to Uniq's sister site in Somerset and the company said the remainder would move to other suppliers.

The Minsterley site will continue to make Cadbury chilled desserts on behalf of Muller.

The firm said the announcement would not have any impact on the proposed sale of Uniq to Greencore, a convenience foods manufacturer based in Dublin.

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