EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

C&C Group

C&C Group

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Somerset; Dorset and Somerset; South West
Location of affected unit(s): Shepton Mallet


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
11.03 - Manufacture of cider and other fruit wines
Number Employed: 127

Employment Effects

Planned Job Reductions min: 127
Planned Job Reductions max: 127

Additional Information

The C&C Group has announced plans to close its cider mill in Shepton Mallet, Somerset as it seeks to consolidate production in Ireland. The company which is headquartered in Dublin employs 127 staff at the Somerset mill. Although the mill will close, it is understood that fruit pulping will continue at the site. The date of closure has yet to be confirmed, though it is expected to occur in Summer 2016.  The trade union Unite criticised the decision to close the mill, arguing that shareholder profit was the main reason behind the decision. Unite also noted that the decision brought to an end a long tradition; the mill had operated in the town since 1770.