Bright Blue Foods plans to cut 57 jobs as it closes its Manchester bakery, which makes Christmas, loaf and slab cakes. It aims to shift production to other sites to improve efficiency.
The move was announced yesterday (January 20th) by the company’s chief executive officer Andrew Johnson. He said the closure would allow the firm to create bakery “centres of excellence” at its most suitable sites.
Mr Johnson said: “Bright Blue Foods has reviewed its operational strategy for the next few years.
“A major objective of the review has been to decide how we make the most effective use of our factory footprint to best meet the future requirements of customers.”
Bright Blue Foods intends to transfer production from its Manchester bakery to its newly reconfigured Shadsworth site in Lancashire.
The manufacturing of Christmas cakes with be moved to the company’s Decorated Cake Centre of Excellence in Szczecin, Poland. The Polish factory has been part of the company’s assets since 2007, when the company was still called McCambridge Foods.
By closing the Jesse Oldfield bakery in Manchester, 57 jobs will be lost. However, the company has pledged to continue developing the products made at the factory.
Mr Johnson said: “As part of our core product strategy we are committed to develop the market in slab cake, loaf cakes and Christmas cakes.”
The company believes that the current products made at the Manchester bakery will benefit from being moved to alternative modern sites. These facilities have the right infrastructure, manufacturing capabilities and product flows to meet the current and future requirements of customers, according to Mr Johnson.
Bright Blue Foods was bought by NGBI Private Equity for £23.5 million at the end of 2012 and currently has bakeries in Blackburn, Bradford and Salisbury as well as Manchester and Szczecin.
The company produces a comprehensive range of products including Swiss rolls, cake bars and celebration cakes. It also manufactures retailer and licensed brand confectionary for companies such as Tetley and Haribo.