26 September 2000
Unigate blames losses on swine fever

UNIGATE has blamed the outbreak of swine fever for preventing its pork processing plant in North Yorkshire returning to profit, reports The Guardian,

The company says movement restrictions in East Anglia have squeezed availability and kept prices higher than Unigate hoped.

Unigate gave a hint that it might consider selling or closing Malton, says The Guardian.

A statement said the board was exploring how Malton could participate in the overall pig industry restructuring.

Flagging fortunes have seen full-year pork profits have fallen from 27 million to 15.4m.