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Scarborough McCain jobs at risk over pizza sales decline

Up to 40 jobs could be lost at a McCain Foods site in Scarborough.

The firm said it was restructuring its business because of a fall in demand for pizzas and an increase in sales of ready baked potatoes.

Its prepared foods facility at Cayton will be decommissioned and a new production site built in its place. The firm has 1,000 staff in Scarborough.

Alan Bridges, McCain's manufacturing director, said in-house pizza production was not financially viable.

'Fairness and respect'

He said: "We have met with employees and made preparations for a period of consultation because, regrettably, up to 40 jobs may be at risk of redundancy.

"The exact number will become clearer once the consultation takes place and all options for suitable alternative employment have been fully explored.

"We fully appreciate that the uncertainty caused by this proposal will be unsettling for those potentially affected, so our focus is on open communication.

"Throughout the coming consultation process, we will continue to treat all employees with fairness and respect."

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