Longbenton Foods Benton Lane staff pay issues resolved

By Elaine Watson

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Longbenton Foods Benton Lane staff pay issues resolved
Staff at Longbenton Foods' frozen ready meals factory in Longbenton have now received all of the outstanding money they were owed for their services in January, FoodManufacture.co.uk understands.

Staff at the Benton Lane factory in Newcastle Upon Tyne contacted this publication ​at the end of January claiming that they had not been paid in full for their services at the end of the month - a claim denied by the company.

Several staff said that they had received only 50% of their wages by the end of the month.

However, the outstanding monies have now been paid, just over a week late, FoodManufacture.co.uk understands.

Problems at Amble site

Longbenton Foods recently hit the headlines over its attempt to buy the former Northumberland Foods factory in Amble out of administration.

While Longbenton paid a deposit before occupying the Amble factory late last year and exchanged contracts in October, administrator Begbies Traynor claimed it has not been paid the rest of the money owed, and closed the site accordingly.

A spokeswoman for Begbies Traynor said: ”Given Longbenton Foods' continued inability to raise the necessary funding to complete the transaction, it is appropriate to rescind the contract​ [with Longbenton Foods].

“It is hoped that a purchaser can be found who is able to recommence production in Amble and the administrators are eager to talk to any interested party,​” she said.

An auction to sell the assets in the Amble site is scheduled for February 23.

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