Nestlé ups sticks putting 230 jobs at risk

Posted on 31 Jan 2012

The food manufacturer is closing its Hayes facility, placing 230 jobs at risk as part of its consolidation for its coffee manufacturing business.

The company’s coffee production will move to its site in Tutbury, Derbyshire, which already produces Nestlé’s coffee products, including the Nescafé Dolce Gusto pods.

The company plans to close its factory in Hayes by 2014. “The Hayes factory plays a vital role in Nescafé production. However, it is not feasible to redevelop the Hayes site to create the manufacturing facility Nestlé UK needs for the future,” the company said in a statement today.

The proposal has been shared with the company’s 230 employees at Hayes today and full consultation will now take place. In addition, 125 new jobs will be created in Tutbury through the transfer of production.

The restructuring proposals contains a £200m investment to extend the Tutbury site, on top of the £110m already going towards boosting manufacturing capacity that was announced in November, which will create 300 jobs.

Paul Grimwood, chairman at Nestlé UK & Ireland said: “Our employees at Hayes make an outstanding contribution to our Nescafe business, and the factory will continue to play a vital role through to 2014.”

Mr Grimwood commented: “We are creating over 400 coffee manufacturing jobs at Tutbury and we will therefore have alternative jobs to offer our 230 employees in Hayes.  We hope that as many of our employees as possible will remain with us at Nestlé.”

Mr Grimwood added that Nestlé are investing £500m over the next three years to establish its next generation of manufacturing facilities in the UK.  The proposed restructuring announced today, which will bring all the company’s coffee manufacturing together at Tutbury, is a key part of this overall investment programme.

For the first time in the UK, all forms of the company’s coffee production, including freeze dried, spray dried and pod technology, will be brought together on one site.