Kraft to shut Keynsham

Posted on 16 Mar 2010 by The Manufacturer

Kraft has announced that due to a lack of sufficient production levels, it will not be honouring its pledge to continue operation at Cadbury's Keynsham plant.

Vice-president of Kraft Foods, Marc Firestone, said the original assurance was made in good faith. He said Kraft had expected output to be high enough to sustain the plant but the factory is now being shut down.

Mr Firestone was taking MPs’ questions on Kraft’s takeover of Cadbury. MPs expressed incredulity over Mr Firestone’s assertion that Kraft felt it could keep the plant open.

Earlier in the session, Jack Dromey from Unite union said Kraft was “utterly cynical to pretend it could reprieve the plant”. He said Kraft must have known it was not possible to keep the plant open. Unions and local politicians have complained that Kraft misled employees over the issue.