Warburtons to cut 33 jobs at Stockton bakery

By Rod Addy

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The Stockton bakery makes crumpets as well as bread
The Stockton bakery makes crumpets as well as bread
Warburtons faces 33 compulsory redundancies at its Stockton-on-Tees bakery in County Durham as a result of falling demand for bread from the site, which employs 129 full-time staff.

In a statement on the situation, a Warburtons spokesperson told Food Manufacture the company would work hard to find alternative roles for those facing redundancy at the factory, which also makes crumpets.

“As a result of an increasingly challenging retail market and falling bread volumes we have taken the difficult decision to enter into a 30-day consultation that could impact a number of jobs at our Stockton bakery,” ​she said.

“No decision will be made until the thorough consultation is completed and we are supporting everyone affected at this very difficult time.”

Invested £400m

Headquartered in Bolton, Warburtons operates 12 bakeries and 14 depots across the UK. During the past 10 years, the company claims to have invested more than £400m into building and upgrading new and existing bakeries. That includes £20m of investment in its Burnley bakery, equipping it with the capability to produce 34,000 individual items an hour.

The company claims to deliver to 18,500 retail customers a week, producing more than 2m products a day including wax-wrapped loaves, wraps, crumpets, pancakes and bread rolls. Its products account for a quarter of the total wrapped bakery market, which is worth more than £2.8bn a year, according to the business.

Warburtons launched new gluten-free wraps​ in supermarkets last month as part of a wider overhaul of its gluten-free range.

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