MORE than 90 people are set to lose their jobs after a major employer in Burton was forced to axe staff as a result of ‘difficult trading conditions’.
Shocked workers at Kerry Foods, in Mosley Street, were gathered together by senior managers to be told that 94 jobs will be lost as the firm’s profits took a hit due to cost increases and excessive competition within the food industry.
Frank Hayes, director of corporate affairs for the Irish chilled food manufacturer, said: “We have been very successful in recent times in growing the business but unfortunately our growth in Burton has been challenged.
“The challenges have increased massively, our costs have increased, raw material prices have gone through the roof and pricing has become very competitive in the food industry.
“As a result of these factors, sales have been impacted in recent weeks and we have had to take the decision to reduce the number of 1,086 workers by 94 via voluntary redundancies.
“This will be made up of 86 waged employees and eight salaries.
“Despite this sad news, we are confident for our future in the town and have no doubt that we can make it a hugely successful business again.”
Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths said: “Obviously this is very disappointing news and is distressing not just to those families who could be hurt as a result of job losses but also to the rest of the workforce in terms of moral.
“I will be contacting the JobCentre and other employers in the town to make sure workers losing their jobs have all the information about other opportunities that are available.
“It is even more disappointing given the recent positive reduction in unemployment in Burton.”