Confectionery firm announces redundancy plan

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Pontefract confectionery firm Tangerine has announced it is seeking redundancies following plans to restructure its factory operations.

The firm, which employs 370 people at its two sites in Pontefract, made the announcement on Tuesday December 17 that it has started a formal 30-day consultation process with staff.

Graham Hunter, chief executive, said: “It is with regret we have to make this announcement so close to Christmas. Tangerine Confectionery must ensure it operates as efficiently as possible to meet the demands of today’s market and to safeguard the long-term future of the company and its workforce.”

The announcement follows an ongoing review of its UK-wide confectionery manufacturing capabilities. In addition to the two Pontefract factories, the firm has headquarters in Blackpool, a marshmallow manufacturing site in Liverpool and factories in York and Cleckheaton.

The firm expects the majority of redundancies will occur in its operations department. It is hoping to mitigate any compulsory redundancies through redeployment of staff to other areas of the business and those eligible for early retirement.

Mr Hunter added: “Our primary concern at this time is the welfare of our staff affected by the consultation and we will do everything we can to support them at this difficult time.”

The company, which is owned by US private equity firm Blackstone, has the Butterkist brand, Barratt wine gums, Henry Goods soft liquorice and York Fruits.