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Jobs at risk as Nestle Purina considers canning plant closure

Nestle Purina Petcare is planning to discontinue its canning production at it Wisbech plant due to a fall in demand for canned pet food.

The factory employs 600 people but it is not known how many job losses there will be, if any. Staff were informed of the potential plans on 28 March.

Wisbech is Purina’s only wet food manufacturing site and it acquired the site in 1998 from Spillers Pet Foods. The factory produces a range of pet food brands including Felix, Winalot, Gourmet, Bakers and Friskies.

If the plans go ahead, canning production is expected to end in October.

The statement from the company said: “Nestle Purina Petcare has been communicating with employees about proposed changes at its factory in Wisbech. Purina is addressing the ongoing fall in demand for canned pet food by announcing the difficult proposal to end canning production at Wisbech by the end of October 2019.

“The company will now enter into a consultation with the potentially impacted employees, and their representatives where appropriate, at both sites – working closely to support them at every stage of the process.”

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