2 Sisters announce closure of Haughley Park roast chicken factory

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2 Sisters Food Group has announced the closure of its roast chicken factory at Haughley Park with a loss of up to 700 jobs.

The food firm announced proposals for the closure in August and conducted a 45 day consultation to find other options to the plant closing.

But today a 2 Sisters Food Group spokeswoman confirmed the factory will close describing it as ‘unsustainable and ‘unviable’.

She said: “It is with regret that 2 Sisters Food Group today formally announces its intention to cease production and therefore close its roasted poultry production site at Haughley Park, Suffolk.

“Since informing our employees of this proposal in August, we have continually met with colleagues to try and find other solutions and alternatives to closure.

“However, after taking this time to hear and explore all viewpoints and ideas with employees and union representatives, the inescapable truth is that the site is unsustainable and unviable - environmentally, economically and commercially.

“This decision has not been taken lightly and has been made following a detailed manufacturing footprint review.

“Our immediate focus now will be to support our colleagues and do as much as we can to help during this difficult and uncertain time.”

The site employs 372 permanent staff, another 60 salaried staff and around 250 agency workers.

She added the company is ‘firmly committed’ to its operations in East Anglia including sites in Eye, Flixton, Witham, Basildon and Thetford.