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Adelie Foods puts 180 jobs at risk with sandwich factory closure

FBR Staff Writer Published 14 July 2017

UK-based chilled food manufacturer Adelie Foods will close its sandwich factory in Middlesbrough, putting about 180 jobs at risk.

The company, which owns the brands Urban Eat and Daily Bread, said that it was relocating its Middlesbrough operations to its other facilities in London and Scotland.

Adelie Foods has planned to stop production at the Middlesbrough sandwich factory in September.

The management of the company took the decision owing to the surplus capacity at its other locations and also changes in the types of consumers, as reported by Gazette Live.

According to Adelie Foods CEO Martin Johnson, the move was a part of an operational strategy to make sure that the company has the right capability in the right parts of the country to provide both service and quality products o consumers in the best possible way.

Johnson added: “Over the past 12 months we have made our factories and distribution network significantly more efficient, which has freed up capacity at our Kilmarnock, Wembley and Southall sites.

“We have also seen growth in new customers that have different demand profiles and these require us to evolve our business.”

Johnson concluded that the company will work closely with its Middlesbrough employees to try and minimize the impact of the plant closure announcement.

Headquartered in Heathrow, Adelie Foods supplies a range of sandwiches, rolls, salads, prepared fruits, wraps among others to retailers, coffee shop chains, travel and contract catering businesses.

Adelie Foods is a portfolio company of London-based H.I.G. Europe which acquired a majority stake from India Hospitality Corporation (IHC) in March 2015.

Image: Adelie Group will close one of its sandwich factories. Photo: Courtesy of KEKO64/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.