Young’s Bluecrest is investing £15m in upgrading its plants on the Humber and in Scotland but is closing its chilled plant at Gosforth, Tyneside.
The investment will be used to improve efficiency, develop production volumes and upgrade technical capabilities in its six Grimsby and Hull factories. Over the course of 2004, it is expected to create at least 300 new jobs. Young’s has begun consultation with the 260-strong Gosforth workforce and is looking at relocating staff.
Young’s chief executive, Wynne Griffiths said: “It has become clear that we could best utilise capability by consolidating chilled and frozen production on the Humber.”