Askeys factory closure sees 68 jobs axed

By Gwen Ridler

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The closure of Askeys' Aylesbury site would see 68 jobs lost.
The closure of Askeys' Aylesbury site would see 68 jobs lost.

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Sweet sauces and ice cream cone manufacturer Askeys is to close its Aylesbury site, with 68 jobs lost.

The closure, which was originally announced by owner Silver Spoon in June, would see production moved from the Stocklake, Aylesbury site to a new third-party producer based in Essex. Production at the site is expected to end in or around March 2020.

A statement from a Silver Spoon spokesman said: “We are proud of our long association with Aylesbury. However, given competitive market conditions, significant re-investment would be required to refurbish our site in the town.

“We therefore plan to move production to a specialist third-party manufacturer with more modern and efficient facilities.”

Consultation period

Silver Spoon said it had completed a consultation period with affected employees and had promised to support them in their searches for alternative employment options elsewhere within company or with other employers in the local community.

Askeys is part of the Silver Spoon stable of brands – including Billington’s, Allinson and Crusha – owned by food industry giant Associated British Foods.

Founded in 1910, its produces millions of ice cream cones and wafers for both retail and foodservice customers. It also produces a range of topping sauces for ice cream.

Meanwhile, union bosses are seeking assurances for more than 250 jobs​ at brewer and pub estate owner Greene King, after a £2.7bn takeover of the company by CK Asset Holdings was announced earlier this week.

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