Greggs cuts at least 91 jobs in Wales

By Matt Atherton contact

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Greggs has revealed plans to cut more than 90 jobs at its Treforest factory, a union claimed (Flickr/Paul Robertson)
Greggs has revealed plans to cut more than 90 jobs at its Treforest factory, a union claimed (Flickr/Paul Robertson)

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High street baker Greggs has revealed plans to cut between 91 and 120 jobs in a Welsh factory, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has said.

Greggs said it would stop producing doughnuts and confectionery at its Treforest factory in Rhondda Cynon Taf, the union claimed. It was still unclear where production would be relocated, it added.

BFAWU organising regional secretary John James told FoodManufacture.co.uk: “In Treforest, it’s ​[between] 91 and 120 staff going. It was announced last week.

“It’s to do with production ​[restructuring]. My understanding is that in Treforest, they’re not doing any doughnuts or confectionery anymore; they’re only doing bread and sandwiches now.”

Supply chain redevelopment

Greggs said it was beginning talks with staff in Treforest. The job cuts were part of a supply chain redevelopment, it claimed in a statement to WalesOnline.

“Following the announcement in March 2016 regarding our planned £100M investment in our supply chain over the next five years, we are now planning the next phase of this investment.

“We plan to invest in our Treforest bakery to increase our distribution capability and increase our production of bread. Production of doughnuts and several other bakery products will be transferred to our other regional bakeries over the course of the next two years,”​ said the website.

Nationwide cut back

The job cuts were part of a nationwide cut back, it was reported.

Greggs was also planning to cut 140 jobs at its Birmingham factory, to create a “logistics centre of excellence”​, according to the Birmingham Post​.

Between 50 and 60 jobs would also be cut at a Greggs factory in Cambuslang, near Glasgow, the Daily Record​ claimed. Staff were asked to consider voluntary redundancy, it was reported.

FoodManufacture.co.uk has asked Greggs for more details about its restructuring plans.

Meanwhile, Greggs reported its 13th​ consecutive quarter​ of like-for-like sales growth last week (January 17). Full-year sales were up 7%, boosted by a strong festive period.

Greggs job cuts – at a glance

  • Between 91 and 120 job cuts in Treforest, Rhondda Cynon Taf
  • Factory to stop producing doughnuts and confectionery
  • Part of £5M supply chain investment

Related topics: Bakery, People & skills

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