Heinz Beanz

Heinz: consolidation of EU foodservice operations

Around 80 new jobs could be created at Heinz’s Telford factory as part of a proposed consolidation of the company’s European foodservice manufacturing operations.

Heinz wants to close its Turnhout site in Belgium and shift production to Telford. Heinz Foodservice currently employs 118 staff at Telford and 157 at Turnhout.

“If implemented, this would be a critical step in our plan to ensure we are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible to become more competitive, and to accelerate growth,” it said.

The moves comes four months after Heinz confirmed it was making almost 250 office staff redundant in the UK & Ireland as part of plans to streamline its business.

On the proposal to shut Turnhout, Heinz added: “This proposal has only been reached after thoroughly exploring extensive alternatives.

“It is not a reflection of the commitment of our employees or the quality of the products they make. It is based primarily on factory location in relation to our customer/consumer base and the need to improve transportation efficiencies and the fact we have excess capacity.”