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ForFarmers UK announces its proposals to close its site in Crewe (UK) in the final quarter of 2019. The proposed transfer plans would include approximately 23 redundancies.

In the proposals the feed volume that is currently manufactured by the Crewe mill is to be transferred to ForFarmers’ facilities in nearby Newcastle under Lyme, Selby and Preston.

These proposals are in line with ForFarmers N.V.’s efficiency plans as announced earlier this year.

Efficiency plans

Earlier this year ForFarmers N.V. announced its efficiency plans to decrease the group operating costs by 10 million euro in 2021 (versus 2018). These plans include its intention to rationalise the supply chain both in terms of modernising existing mills and in its footprint of site locations.

Consultation

The proposed closure of the Crewe site is subject to the required consultation with impacted employees. This consultation will include employees at the Newcastle under Lyme site, due to possible changes in its operating structure. The consultation process has started today.

ForFarmers UK

ForFarmers UK operates 14 manufacturing sites (production and blending mills). ForFarmers UK now sees an opportunity to transfer the feed volumes produced in Crewe, to the nearby Newcastle under Lyme mill along with Selby and Preston where sufficient manufacturing and logistics capacity exists. This will improve overall network utilisation and allow optimisation of overall supply costs, says ForFarmers.

No decision has as yet been taken on the future of the mill in Crewe.

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