Nearly 100 people have reportedly lost their jobs at a Wiveliscombe slaughter house, concluding around nine months of uncertainty.
The Karro Food Group confirmed said that it was to end its slaughter and butchery operations this week at its Sandys Moor site, a move that has made as many as 93 people redundant.
Bosses at the company claim that this development will allow them to offer staff redeployment.
The company also stated that it intended to retain 38 of the jobs at the site, 20 more than originally proposed when discussions first began back in July.
The roles that will be kept at the site include the business' curing and foodservice sales operations.
Chief executive Seamus Carr said: “This has been a very difficult decision and has been taken only after extensive consultation with Unite and site employees, during which we exhausted all other options.
“Unfortunately, our Wiveliscombe slaughter and butchery operation did not have the necessary scale to operate profitably, and so proceeding with these changes was critical to ensure our continued viability and growth, and safeguard other jobs across our business.”
He added that the company would work hard in order to support the employees affected by the changes. As well as redeployment, the firm said that it would also be offering them on-going training and support in an effort to try and help them find a new job.
Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne wrote to the business to express his concerns at the news, claiming that the character, atmosphere and spirit of the town, could be ‘diminished.’
Mr Browne told the Somerset County Gazette: “Losing 93 jobs is a real blow to a small town like Wiveliscombe.
“Part of what makes Wiveliscombe attractive is the mixed population and the range of different employmentopportunities."
He added that he hoped that the company would keep their promise of helping redundant employees find new work.