A planned restructure of the tea business would see 55 full-time jobs and 21 temporary roles made redundant at the factory across production, engineering and office-based functions.
Unite said it had been in discussions with Typhoo for the past two years to ensure the business remained commercially viable.
Regional co-ordinating officer Franny Joyce said the announcement was deeply disappointing, but unfortunately not surprising.
“Unite has been working with Typhoo’s management for two years to ensure that the long-term future of the company is secured,” she added.
“Unite will now be holding further meetings with Typhoo to ensure we can avoid any compulsory job losses and are hopeful that, due to our existing contractual agreements, any losses will be on a voluntary basis.
“Unite will also be ensuring the redundancy programme is conducted in a fair and transparent manner.”
Consultation with staff
Typhoo’s restructure was the outcome of a consultation process held by the tea maker, described as an integral part of its broader plan to secure a future for the business.
Chief executive Des Kingsley said the decision was not taken lightly and recognised the impact of the announcement, but added: “We have to take action if we are to remain competitive and build a strong and successful future for the business, in which there will be a renewed focus on efficiency, cost management, quality and service levels.”
A 30-day consultation period for members of staff affected by the redundancies has been launched.
Meanwhile, Surya Foods is to create 30 new jobs at a £2m factory at Harwich as the company expands into dedicated UK ethnic snacks production for the first time.