Nestlé confirms 73 job losses at Fawdon factory

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

Nestlé is shifting production of Blue Riband to Poland
Nestlé is shifting production of Blue Riband to Poland
Nestlé UK is shedding 73 jobs at its Fawdon chocolate factory as it aims to shift production of its Blue Riband chocolate bar to its factory in Kargowa, Poland, before 2019.

However, the company said the numbers of job losses at the factory were lower than the 110 roles originally expected. 

The company said the final number of roles affected was 73, of which 63 were related to the transfer of Blue Riband. All redundancies were voluntary and jobs had been secured for everybody who wanted to remain at the factory. 

Mini eggs​ 

It added it would be moving some additional manufacturing into the Fawdon factory in the form of mini eggs for two of its biggest brands, Milkybar and Smarties. 

A spokesman for Nestlé UK said: “This move means that our Fawdon factory becomes more efficient and therefore more competitive and will allow the team to focus on the many other brands that the factory is home to. This includes Toffee Crisp, Rolo, Fruit Pastilles, Munchies and Matchmakers.” 

Jobs under threat​ 

In April 2017, the company revealed that 298 jobs were under threat​. It said workers in York, Fawdon, Halifax and Girvan faced job losses after it revealed plans to standardise shift patterns at each of its factories. 

The plans to move production to Poland was reported to be the “the tip of the Brexit iceberg”​ by an industry insider who talked to​ at the time. 

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