EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Warrens Bakery

Warrens Bakery

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly; South West
Location of affected unit(s): St Just


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
10.71 - Manufacture of bread; manufacture of fresh pastry goods and cakes
Number Employed: 500

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 23-11-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 150
Planned Job Reductions max: 150
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 23-11-2019

Additional Information

Warrens Bakery, the UK-based pastie manufacturer and retailer, has announced a restructuring with a loss of 150 jobs. A pastie factory in St Just, in the south west of England will be closed, with the 45-day redundancy consultations already underway. In addition, the company closed 22 of its shops on 28 November, only a few days after the restructuring announcement was made. The number of retail staff affected by the immediate redundancies is unknown.

The CEO of the company said that the factory was ‘no longer economically viable’ and added that the restructuring was necessary because of ‘continued Brexit uncertainty’.

An earlier phase of restructuring took place in summer 2019, when 66 employees were made redundant from head office, manufacturing and distribution roles.

Warrens Bakery was founded in 1860 and it famous for making Cornish pasties, a regional specialty, which enjoys European protected status.