Leeds & West Yorkshire

R&R Ice Cream maker of Fab lollies to close factory

Illustration of a FAB lolly
Image caption The company acquired Nestlé Ice Cream's UK business, including Fab, in 2001

An ice cream manufacturer which makes brands including Fab lollies has confirmed its factory in Leeds is to close with the jobs transferred.

R&R Ice Cream's Crossgates site employs 135 people and is to close at the end of the year.

A spokesperson said all staff would be offered jobs at Leeming Bar in North Yorkshire, where the company is based.

The company said, after consultations with the workforce, closure was the "only viable financial operation".

A review of the Leeds site was started in April after the company, which produces Nestlé and Skinny Cow products, was bought by private equity group PAI Partners for a reported £715m.

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The company currently employs about 665 people at its head office in Northallerton and a further 30 at a site in Bodmin, Cornwall.

R&R said the next phase of talks with a consultative group would include ways of assisting employees to travel to Leeming Bar.

Founded in 1985 as Richmond Ice Cream, in the early years R&R had just five employees.

In 1998, Richmond merged with Treats Group plc, a Leeds-based ice lolly manufacturer, and acquired the Crossgates site.

It acquired Nestlé Ice Cream's UK business, including Fab, in 2001.

In 2006, the business was merged with German ice cream manufacturer Roncadin GmbH to form R&R Ice Cream.

It has launched brands across 10 European countries.

PAI has offices in Paris, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan and Munich.

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