Britvic plans United Kingdom site closure, affecting 240 employees

Soft drinks giant Britvic has put forward plans to shut its manufacturing site in Norwich putting 242 jobs at risk

Conference at Britvic is to start in the blink of an eye and if the recommendations proceed, the Norwich site will close towards the finish of 2019.

The firm admitted it is considering the closure of the factory altogether - which could bring the end of the link between Colman's and the city of Norwich.

Britvic has informed Unilver, the co-owner of the Norwich site.

"The review will look in detail at the impact of Britvic's proposed withdrawal from the site and will consider options for the most effective sourcing of the current Norwich product range".

200 YEARS of history is at risk after the owners of the Queen's favourite mustard announced they are considering closing the iconic company's factory in Norwich.

Now the company's owner Unilever has announced the plant may shut down after the firm that shares the site revealed it was pulling out.

Production of brands such as Robinsons and Fruit Shoot will be transferred to other sites in London, Leeds and Rugby.

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But it said it and Britvic's operations at the site were "uniquely intertwined" with a shared infrastructure and that Britvic's withdrawal "would have serious implications for Unilever in Norwich".

Production at the Chelmsford factory ceased in 2014.

One of those options under consideration is the potential closure of Unilever's Norwich factory where 113 employees are based.

We remain firmly committed to United Kingdom manufacturing.

Britvic said it would embark on a consultation process with the 242 affected staff before the site's proposed closure at the end of 2019. The company said that while grocery performance was subdued, it grew strongly in the convenience and on-trade channels. It said it will be seeking assurances and applying pressure to ensure production remains in Norwich.

Britvic boss Simon Litherland said: 'No decisions will be made prior to full and proper consultation with employees, and our focus is on ensuring we offer our colleagues ongoing support and assistance throughout this hard time'. "Colman's is in the DNA of the city", he said.

Rhys McCarthy, national officer for Unite, said "most extreme help" would be given to its individuals at Britvic.

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