An urgent bid to rescue Dairy Farmers of Britain’s Blaydon creamery, is continuing.
Receiver PricewaterhouseCoopers has said discussions with an interested party will go on throughout the weekend to try to rescue the plant, which employs 290 staff.
But receiver and manager of DFoB Stephen Oldfield said a significant number of customers had withdrawn orders from Blaydon in Tyne and Wear.
“The Blaydon site is operating at much lower volumes, but still has a traditional customer base. There has been support from the One North East regional development agency and DEFRA to see if a rescue can be achieved.
“We will be working over the weekend to see if a deal can be driven over the line by early next week.
“Nothing is certain, but everyone is trying very hard to see a rescue concluded,” said Mr Oldfield.
The news on Blaydon followed an announcement that DFoB’s Bridgend creamery in Gwent would close with the loss of 279 jobs.