British Bacon Supplies confirms factory closure

By Helen Gilbert

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British Bacon Supplies will close its Huddersfield factory on June 30
British Bacon Supplies will close its Huddersfield factory on June 30

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Damika-owned meat processor British Bacon Supplies has confirmed it will close its Huddersfield factory this Friday (June 30), as it was “unable to operate at sustainable efficiency levels”.

Last year the business – which also owns the Taylor’s brand – experienced flooding at its sister factory in Halifax as a result of Storm Desmond. A company spokeswoman told FoodManufacture.co.uk last month that after the floods, trading conditions had been ​very difficult​.

In its latest statement, Damika said: “On Friday June 30, all operations at the British Bacon Supplies Factory in Huddersfield will cease.”

‘Difficult trading conditions’

“Despite investing heavily in the factory over the last five years, difficult trading conditions have meant that we are unable to operate at sustainable efficiency levels. Our staff have been informed and are being supported through the process. Where appropriate, employees will be offered jobs at other locations within our group.”

A Damika spokeswoman could not confirm how many employees would be affected by the closure. Manufacturing would move to other Damika sites, the statement said.

“Damika Ltd is part of a large, strong group of companies and therefore, production will move to highly efficient manufacturing sites within the group,”​ the statement added.

“We will continue to provide all of our customers with first-class bacon, an impeccable service and competitive prices.”

‘Continue to provide customers’

The company informed staff at British Bacon Supplies in May that it planned to close the site​.

British Bacon Supplies has supplied bacon for retail and foodservice customers for more than 25 years. Its products are stocked in supermarkets, butchers and delicatessens, it said. It also supplies cafés, service stations, cruise liners and holiday resorts.

Taylor’s was flooded during December 2015’s Storm Desmond. The storm broke all previous UK rainfall records, within some parts of the UK receiving more than 340mm of rain within 24 hours.

British Bacon Supplies factory closure – at a glance

  • Damika brand to close Huddersfield factory
  • Staff to be redeployed elsewhere in the company, where appropriate
  • Flood at sister site pressured production

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