Jobs at turkey processor ‘at risk’

Four hundred jobs at Cranberry Foods, the UK’s second largest turkey processor, are ‘at risk’ following a fall in demand for home-reared turkey meat.

The processor announced job losses were likely after a business review recommended cutting staff at its Abergavenny factory.

Andrew Lewins, joint managing director of Cranberry Foods, said a final decision had not yet been made.

However, ending slaughtering and primary processing operations at Abergavenny could be the most “appropriate” way forward for the processor, he said.

If slaughtering was ended, the factory would remain a retail-packaging site, he added.

Workers at the Scottish plant were told 150 jobs could be moved to Cranberry Food’s plant in Hollybank, Derbyshire.

The company blamed the potential job losses on low demand for home-produced turkey because of competition from imported meat.

Cranberry Foods will announce its decision about the factory on 9 April.