Turkey factory shutting down at Christmas
UK supermarkets are scrambling for turkey supplies,
after the nation's third-largest poultry producer announced it would close its
turkey factory three days before Christmas.
The company says the closure is a result of cheap imports, last year's bird
scare and intense price pressure from supermarkets.
Sixty-five jobs will be lost when Cherryridge
, based in Norfolk, closes its farm and processing factory on 22
December. Before that time, the company hopes to sell 250,000 birds during its
peak trading season, according to Neil Roper, Cherryridge's operations
"I wouldn't just blame it on the supermarkets. The UK is a dumping ground
for Italian, German and Polish producers. And a lot of the large food
manufacturers can source products from Brazil and import them at half the price
that we can produce them for," Roper said.
Cherryridge supplies Britain's largest supermarkets. Tesco
said: "We can't discuss individual
supplier terms but our customers will have their turkeys this Christmas."
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