The move will take place in January but production, accounts, customer service and logistics will continue to be managed from Blackpool. A spokesman for Burton’s said: “We are struggling with not having a sufficient pool of people to recruit from at our Blackpool site.”
The St Albans site is next to Premier Foods’ HQ. Burton’s said it was exploring opportunities for sharing resources but insisted there were no plans to merge the two businesses. The possibility has already been ruled out by Premier Foods chief executive Robert Schofield (The Grocer, May 3, 2003, p17).
Both companies are owned by private equity firm Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst.