Bakkavor to close second salad factory

Bakkavor has announced a proposal to close its salads factory in Alresford, Hampshire, due to a significant loss of business at the site with one of its key customers.

Despite its best efforts, Bakkavor, which employs around 100 people at the Alresford site, has not been able to replace the business, which is due to transfer from the site to another supplier in October.

Mike Edwards, UK COO, commented, “This is a sad day and it has been a very painful decision to make. We have worked hard over the last 20 years to become an integral part of the local community, both as a major employer and a supporter of many local community projects.

'As with businesses all over the UK, we are having to adjust our operations to a very different economic landscape, and this unfortunately involves the proposed closure of Alresford Salads.

“We will be working closely with employee representatives throughout the consultation process and fully appreciate that this is a difficult time for everyone concerned. This proposal is in no way a reflection of the commitment and dedication of all our colleagues at Alresford, who we thank for their hard work and loyalty over the years.”

Since acquiring Alresford Salads in 2000, Bakkavor has been committed to supporting the Alresford local community - sponsoring a wide range of initiatives and community projects.

This announcement follows on from news of the proposed closure of one of the Group’s salads factories in Spalding. Bakkavor continues to review its operational strategy in this category to improve efficiencies, protect margins and remain a key player in salads.

The decision to close the Alresford site has no connection to Bakkavor’s ongoing work with the Environment Agency, which has received heightened attention. The Group strives to meet its environmental commitments and has improved many processes over the years.