Food jobs are on the move

PUBLISHED: 11:59 26 January 2007 | UPDATED: 19:56 01 June 2010

PREMIER Foods will create 150 new jobs in Wisbech and Long Sutton but will close its Campbells soup plant in King s Lynn, with the loss of 245 jobs. The decision follows the company s £460million acquisition of Campbells Soups last August and the claim th

PREMIER Foods will create 150 new jobs in Wisbech and Long Sutton but will close its Campbells soup plant in King's Lynn, with the loss of 245 jobs.

The decision follows the company's £460million acquisition of Campbells Soups last August and the claim that products in the Oxo, Batchelors, and Homepride range could be produced cheaper elsewhere.

Premier Foods pledged significant investment in the two Fenland towns, including the transfer of canning operations from Worksop to Long Sutton.

Many set to lose their jobs at Lynn could transfer to Lynn Road, Wisbech or Long Sutton "or to our other manufacturing and distribution facilities locally, where are also a significant number of existing vacancies".

Robert Schofield, Premier Foods' chief executive, said: "Our proposals are underpinned by significant investment in plant and equipment at Long Sutton and Wisbech, intended to give us the flexibility to meet future growth ambitions and changing consumer trends and to ensure Premier Foods remains competitive in the UK marketplace.


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