Crisp manufacturer Tayto has confirmed more redundancies as it considers the future of a plant devastated by fire last September.

Eighty people were made redundant in the aftermath of the fire at the Real Crisps plant in South Wales, when operations switched to the company’s plant in Tandragee, Northern Ireland. The company has since confirmed that a further ten workers - who had been travelling to work at other Tayto sites - have left the company.

CEO Paul Allen said he was deeply grateful for support of staff during the busiest time of the year, but understood that some of the workers no longer wished to travel.

“We have taken offices for six months near to the site of the old factory and are trying to keep as many of the team together as we can,” he said. “We have guaranteed work for all of these remaining employees, for the foreseeable future.” 

It is not yet certain whether the plant will reopen and the company is currently exploring options. Allen said it was a long and complicated process, requiring bespoke machinery and a building with exacting requirements.

“We have begun the process of travelling to suppliers, who are based around the world, to see what is available and what the latest technical developments are,” he said. “In the short term we shall continue with the measures we have put in place to ship raw materials and move production to other sites, whilst continuing to plan for the longer term.”

Brands in the Tayto Group include Real Crisps and Golden Wonder.