Kerry Foods has confirmed the closure of a recently acquired ready meals factory at the cost of 318 jobs.

The former Headland Foods factory in Flintshire will close its doors at the end of April.

The news comes after Kerry completed the acquisition of its frozen food rival on 14 January.

Workers were told of the closure yesterday, following a 90-day consultation kicked off by Headland’s former owner, Prize Food Group.

Kerry said the own-label ready meal market was not profitable enough for it to plough the required level of investment into the North Wales plant.

“To continue, this factory would need considerable new investment and it’s simply not viable,” said Kerry spokesman Frank Hayes.

He added that the company was liaising with Headland’s workers to help find alternative employment, including potential roles at Kerry’s other factories in Manchester and Burton-on-Trent.

Flintshire council claimed that two companies had already expressed interest in buying the factory at Flint, but would not disclose details.

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