2 Sisters Corby plant a management buyout target

By Rod Addy

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2 Sisters had said the upgrading of the Corby facility needed considerable further investment
2 Sisters had said the upgrading of the Corby facility needed considerable further investment

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2 Sisters Food Group’s Solway Foods plant is the target of a management buyout by the same company formed to take over its Avana Bakeries facility: Utopia Foods.

According to sources, one of the managers involved in the potential takeovers is Veepul Patel, who, until recently, was bakery md at 2 Sisters and then became food-to-go md.

Referring to the Avana Bakeries and Corby sites, a source close to the business said: “They have both been sold to senior managers.”​ Regarding Corby, he added: “They are looking to keep it going as a going concern.”

FoodManufacture.co.uk understands the deals to acquire the Avana Bakeries site in Newport, south Wales, and the Solway Foods factory in Corby have not yet been completed.


They offer a lifeline to the 1,400 workers under threat of redundancy at both factories, which 2 Sisters announced plans to closeearlier this year​.

It is unclear at this stage where Utopia Foods is getting the funding for the acquisitions.

News that two 2 Sisters managers had spearheaded the formation of Utopia Foods and were driving the acquisition of the Avana Bakeries site emerged last week.

Meantime, FoodManufacture.co.uk also understands that 2 Sisters ceo Ranjit Boparan met with MPs in the House of Commons last week to discuss ways to avoid UK plant closures and minimise job cuts.

Protect jobs

In March, Corby MP Andy Sawford backed a House of Commons Early Day Motion​ (EDM) supporting efforts of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union to protect its members’ jobs at Corby.

The EDM, which 22 MPs signed, stated that it further notes that the redundancies follow on from around 2,400 redundancies at firms, including RF Brookes, Vion and Avana, forced to close within two years of their acquisition by 2 Sisters Food Group”​.

This followed the formation in February of a taskforce​ composed of local council, trade union and government representatives to work to avert the planned closure of the Solway Foods factory.

Financial assistance

Corby Borough Council even offered financial assistance to secure an upgraded facility in the area for workers to move into.

2 Sisters has always maintained the Corby facility needed considerable further investment to make what was an ageing site fit for purpose. When the site was acquired in 2011 as part of the company’s acquisition of Northern Foods, it was known to be in need of upgrading.

It said it had worked with all parties to find solutions for all its site closures since they were proposed.

2 Sisters has refused to comment about its current plans for the Solway Foods and Avana Bakeries sites to FoodManufacture.co.uk.

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Posted by Gary Sunday,

We were all warned that once Ranjit had his hands on our company he would run it into the ground.
Unfortunately our SMT did not have the balls to stand up to this man and that was when the problems started.
One: site did need major work to comply with the customers needs. Was the funding made available? NO
Top people brought in to sort site out. They just created more trouble as they had no experience of the site or were paid hundreds of pounds per day to shuffle papers and criticise those who did care.
Lastly how can you believe a man who stands befotre you dripping in gold watch and bracelets saying We are all in it together?

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Posted by Chuck Man,

What I don't understand in why Ranjit was originally down as the sole director of Food Utopia, a position that was later resigned from, but a company called Invest Co 1 became the holding company - of which Ranjit is the sole director. is it actually a TUPE scam?

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Posted by Brian Day,

It does not really matter how you present the facts, the facts still remain the same.What has changed? the site is still aged, the management still remains the same,despite the buyout and the depleted workforce is in turmoil.Good luck to you all, its still a rocky road.

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