542 jobs are at risk after Pilgrim’s UK has announced proposals to close its abattoir and butchery facility in Ashton under Lyne

The proposals form part of the company’s ongoing footprint review and as the business, which has struggled financially in recent years, aims to ensures the best structure for its long-term growth and development, while ‘mitigating the current unfavourable market conditions in the UK’.

The Company introduced  a four-day week at Ashton in September 2022. In order to continue to optimise the business’ operational footprint, Pilgrim’s UK executive team has now proposed to close the Ashton site and transfer existing operations to its facilities in Spalding, Westerleigh and Bromborough.

The closure follows problems in the Pork market in the U.K. which has seen higher production costs and lower pig prices


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