UK: Pepsico plans to close Walkers snack plant

Pepsico plans to close the Walkers snack plant in Peterlee (United Kingdom) - 380 jobs at riskPepsico, the owner of the Walkers snack brand, has announced the intended closure of the Walkers Snack factory in Peterlee, Durham County, in the United Kingdom. Shutting down the plant puts a total of 380 jobs at risk, 355 in production and 25 in transport. It has been proposed to shut down the manufacturing operation per December 31, 2017. Acccording to Tracey Foster, managing director at Pepsico UK: “In order to improve the efficiency of our UK snacks manufacturing operations, we are proposing the closure of our factory at Peterlee. Crisps currently produced at the site would be manufactured at our other facilities in the UK. Peterlee has been an important site for our business but the changes we are proposing present significant productivity and efficiency savings crucial for ensuring the long-term sustainable growth of our business in the UK.” More