Tulip puts 430 meat jobs at risk

By Laurence Gibbons

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Tulip's decision to move cooked meat production from Bodmin could result in 430 job cuts
Tulip's decision to move cooked meat production from Bodmin could result in 430 job cuts

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Pork processor Tulip plans to move its cooked meat operations from Bodmin in Cornwall to other sites in the UK, putting 430 jobs at risk of redundancy.

The decision to change its existing manufacturing operation was made as a result of recent supplier reviews with some of Tulip’s customers, the business claimed.

Under its proposal, Tulip will also expand the cooked bacon operations at its Bodmin facility.

Risk of redundancy

Tulip said in a statement: “The result of the proposed change is that approximately 430 positions at Bodmin are now at risk of redundancy, therefore, the company has entered into a period of collective consultation with colleagues and their representatives who are potentially impacted by today’s announcement.”

During the consultation process, Tulip’s management pledged to work closely with the team at Bodmin to explore all viable alternatives to the proposal.

The business would seek to avoid any unnecessary redundancies and reduce the number of employees affected by the restructure, it added.

Tulip is owned by the Danish Crown group, which is the largest pork producer in Europe and the biggest exporter in the world.

Tulip entered the UK in 2003 and now has 17 sites employees 8,000 people. Since arriving in the UK, it has acquired Hygrade Foods, Flagship Food Group and George Adams and Sons.

Previous job cuts

Last January, Tulip announced plans to axe 78 roles​ at its Tipton factory in the West Midlands.

Last year, Tulip won the Best new use of food ingredients​ award at the Food Manufacturign Excellence Awards in recognition of its reduced salt version of its Danepak brand using Ipsol, together with a new curing process to cut salt levels by up to 30%.

In May, the Warwick-based meat business widened its apprenticeship programme​ to include butchers, engineers and technical specialists – totalling 44 people.  

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