EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

2 Sisters Food

2 Sisters Food

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Suffolk; East Anglia; East of England
Location of affected unit(s): Suffolk


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
10 - Manufacture of food products
Number Employed: 600
Group: 2 Sisters Food

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 14-10-2013
Planned Job Reductions min: 400
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 15-10-2013
Foreseen End Date: 15-11-2013

Additional Information

Food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food is to close its chicken-processing plant in Suffolk by 15th November, resulting in the loss of 400 staff.

The company explained that the site is ageing, making losses, and lacking of important infrastructure in the region.

Following consultations with unions, the company committed to transfer 200 staff to its plants in Thetford, Witham and Eye. This is to reduce the social impact of the plant closure with a total workforce of 600.

Being based in Birmingham, 2 Sisters Food group has 47 sites in the UK and Ireland and also operates in Holland and Poland. In total, it employs 24,000 staff. A previous closure of a 2 Sisters Food chicken-processing plant in the UK has been reported in 2005.