Job offer for All Natural Juice Company staff

Staff who lost their jobs after a juice company went into administration will be offered new work.

Fruit and confectionary firm Fruitapeel is to employ 25 people after taking on the assets of All Natural Juice Company in Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Former workers will be offered jobs with Fruitapeel, which supplies retailer Iceland with fruit juice and has its Welsh base in Llantrisant.

Fruitapeel will have created more than 70 jobs in the area since last year.

The company plans to produce around 10m litres of fresh fruit juice in its first year at Llantrisant.

Terry Haigh, managing director of Fruitapeel, which makes juices and smoothies, said he had taken a 10-year lease on the All Natural Juice Company's factory. He aims to reopen it in the next few weeks.

Jobs will be offered to those who were made redundant, and a number of new posts will be created including a senior executive position.

He said: "It marks another significant investment and expansion for us, and will expand our product portfolio and make us more competitive.

"We forecast we would create 60 jobs as a result of support from the assembly government and this latest investment means we will exceed this target."

Fruitapeel previously bought the factory and assets of SunJuice when that business went into administration. Sunjuice closed in 2009 when parent firm Serious Food went into administration.

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