General Mills Factory in Berwick to close down next year

30 October 2015

The Berwick upon tweed food factory run by General Mills is likely to close with the potential loss of 265 jobs by Autumn 2017. This announcement follows a strategic review by the company. General Mills makes frozen dough products, perhaps best known is "Jus Rol" and has a manufacturing and distribution network across Europe and Australasia.

Consultation is now to take place with union officials and employee representatives.

A statement issued by the company said: “General Mills today announced a proposal which could lead to the closure of its manufacturing facility in Berwick, United Kingdom."

"The proposal is subject to consultation with union officials and employee representatives, which could lead to the closure of the site by the autumn of 2016".

“If implemented, closure of the site would affect approximately 265 employees."

A spokeswoman added: “We are making this proposal after carrying out a review of our manufacturing and distribution network in the European and Australasia region, with the goal of streamlining operations and identifying potential capacity reductions."

Rab Donnelly, the trade union representative said: “We will be meeting with the on site reps and management as soon as possible to look at the business case for the closure and what can be done to keep the site open."

“The site is one of the town’s biggest, if not the biggest, employer with more than 50 years history in Berwick.
General Mills’ UK and Ireland operations are based at Uxbridge in Middlesex.