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PepsiCo plans to close Walkers Snacks factory in Peterlee, UK

FBR Staff Writer Published 02 March 2017

PepsiCo is considering to close its Walkers Crisps manufacturing plant in the UK, putting nearly 400 jobs at risk.

The factory is located in the Durham County at Peterlee.

PepsiCo’s move to shut the site is to improve efficiency in its snacks manufacturing operations across the country.

Its operations at the Peterlee snacks processing plant will be moved to other factories in the UK.

PepsiCo has called Peterlee to be a key location for its business but stated that the proposed changes are to increase productivity considerably and efficiency savings to sustain its growth in the UK.

About 355 manufacturing site jobs and 25 transport worker positions are under threat as a result of the company's decision.

PepsiCo UK manufacturing director Tracey Foster said: “We appreciate this is upsetting news for everyone at the Peterlee site. 

"It is a difficult proposal for us to put forward and we want to make clear that it in no way reflects the performance of our colleagues at Peterlee, who we are grateful to for their hard work and commitment.

“No decisions will be made without first consulting employees and their representatives. We would also like to reassure colleagues that we will be providing on-going support and assistance from this point onwards.”

The concerned employees at the Peterlee plant have already been notified of the closure plans. GMB union is looking to take the matter on behalf of the employees to challenge the plant closure which is slated to be done by the year end.

PepsiCo operates 11 sites in total in the UK, employing over 5,000 people.

Image: PepsiCo’s Walkers Cheese & Onion in the UK. Photo: courtesy of PepsiCo.