EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Kerry Foods

Kerry Foods

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Staffordshire CC; Shropshire and Staffordshire; West Midlands
Location of affected unit(s): Burton on Trent


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
10.85 - Manufacture of prepared meals and dishes
Number Employed: 900

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 25-06-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 900
Planned Job Reductions max: 900
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 01-09-2019

Additional Information

It has been announced that Kerry Foods is due to close its production facility in Burton on Trent, which will result in the loss of 900 jobs. The site which manufactures ready meals previously held a contract to supply supermarket chain Tesco, which accounted for at least 75% of the work undertaken at the site. This contract ended in June 2019 and therefore the news to close was not unexpected. The plant is due to close in September 2019.

A spokesperson for the Unite union and the local member of parliament expressed sadness at the news of the closure. Unite also commented that they had been in contact with the brewer Molson Coors, the second largest employer in the town to explore opportunities for employment.