Malton bacon factory up for sale

MALTON BACON FACTORY: Put up for sale by its Dutch owners

MALTON BACON FACTORY: Put up for sale by its Dutch owners

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Business editor

THE planned sale of the bacon factory in Malton has raised concerns for more than 1,500 jobs.

Dutch-based food producer Vion NV has announced that it is to sell its UK food businesses, which employ 13,000 people at 38 sites in the UK.

The business said it wanted to concentrate on its core markets in the Netherlands and Germany and develop its global ingredients business.

In October, the company announced it was to close its loss-making Halls of Broxburn plant, in West Lothian, Scotland, which employs 1,700 people.

It said it was confident it would be able to sell the rest of the UK pork, red meat and poultry business units as ongoing viable businesses.

Peter Barr, chairman of Vion UK, said: “We have already started detailed discussions with a number of interested parties, including management, regarding the acquisition of the various parts of the UK business and these are progressing well.

“The level of interest in the businesses has been strong and we hope to be in a position in the near future to give further details about the progress which has been made. “The sale process will be completed in a smooth and orderly fashion to ensure business continuity for our employees, agricultural and other suppliers and our customers.”

The Malton factory, which employs about 1,570 people in Hugden Way, was taken over by Vion when it bought Grampian Country Food Group in 2008.

John Gorle, national officer of the Usdaw union, which represents workers at the plant, said: “I’m extremely concerned by Vion’s decision, which has come right out of the blue and will be a real shock for our members and all the company’s workforce.

“There will undoubtedly be questions raised about the future viability of Vion’s UK food businesses, but Usdaw is firmly of the view that these can be secured with the right management, investment and strategic approach in place.”

Peter Garbutt, chief livestock adviser for the National Farmers Union (NFU), said: “This will be of obvious concern to Vion’s poultry and livestock farmer suppliers, supermarket customers and I’m sure their staff as well.

“We have been reassured by the comments from Vion UK chairman Peter Barr and the NFU will be getting in contact with the company to better understand the potential implications for our members.”

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12:29pm Tue 20 Nov 12

notsmallminded says...

Great job after just making huge redundancies there! Well done, you must be so proud!
Just what the country needs, more manufacturing going abroad!
Great job after just making huge redundancies there! Well done, you must be so proud! Just what the country needs, more manufacturing going abroad! notsmallminded
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12:59pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Peterwalker says...

It's called either Capitalism or greed, depending on your point of view. Either way, the share holders make more money and the employees earn less. Remember 'we're all in it together'. Unless you happen to be rich and privileged of course.
It's called either Capitalism or greed, depending on your point of view. Either way, the share holders make more money and the employees earn less. Remember 'we're all in it together'. Unless you happen to be rich and privileged of course. Peterwalker
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1:11pm Tue 20 Nov 12

PoppyLou1979 says...

Disappointing to read this in the paper before the staff are even told! Yet another let down by Vion.
Disappointing to read this in the paper before the staff are even told! Yet another let down by Vion. PoppyLou1979
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1:53pm Tue 20 Nov 12

YorkPatrol says...

How much is it?
How much is it? YorkPatrol
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4:51pm Tue 20 Nov 12

capt spaulding says...

To better understand the implications ?.
Its not rocket science is it.
To better understand the implications ?. Its not rocket science is it. capt spaulding
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4:58pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Stewart says...

Spot on Peter!
Spot on Peter! Stewart
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6:16pm Tue 20 Nov 12

RingoStarr says...

Real 'Pig's Ear' decision.
Real 'Pig's Ear' decision. RingoStarr
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6:22pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Moorsider79 says...

If we find a UK buyer it's hardly manufacturing going abroad. Maybe it's all this bitter socialist rubbish that's putting them off. You can hardly accuse people of greed because they aren't paying you enough unless you want to have double standards. Redundancies doesn't sound like they were raking it in because they are expensive and no-one likes to do it unless they have to. There is nothing in this country stopping anybody starting their own business if they want, or becoming a shareholder in any number of businesses. Look at Bannatyne with his ice cream van. It's more about ability and will than privelege, though it will help always but often has been earnt somewhere. Problem is no-one wants to seem to invest in proper businesses making stuff these days. Why? It's too much like hard work and your staff generally get more holiday than you do and often more pay as you spend hours filling forms for the taxman, who also makes more easy money from the business unless you are very lucky to stumble on a temporary unfilled niche. Even Tesco only make about 6% net profit so it's hardly a bed of roses or easy. Look at Comet, Rover, Woolworths, Pindar Print etc all going bust. I think Vion should probably be thanked for saving jobs for 4 years and having a go but clearly it was not worth their while too much and now they are trying to safeguard jobs by finding a buyer. Only way we can pay people more in this country is if everyone is prepared to pay to have stuff made here, otherwise it will generally disappear to cheaper labour areas. So if you pay more for all british products then you can complain I reckon. We need a new "fairtrade" label for British based firms I reckon who cannot pay people as poorly as the importers. Otherwise the british workers are going to have to smell the coffee if they want a job at all, so too the public sector if they want any wealth to be paid so well ongoing. Everybody hates the bankers but they were probably the ones keeping us afloat for a while until joe public realised they had all borrowed more than they could repay. The only other way out is to find more skilled things to do but not everybody is going to be capable of being designers, engineers or pop stars so we need to keep some good manufacturing jobs too.
If we find a UK buyer it's hardly manufacturing going abroad. Maybe it's all this bitter socialist rubbish that's putting them off. You can hardly accuse people of greed because they aren't paying you enough unless you want to have double standards. Redundancies doesn't sound like they were raking it in because they are expensive and no-one likes to do it unless they have to. There is nothing in this country stopping anybody starting their own business if they want, or becoming a shareholder in any number of businesses. Look at Bannatyne with his ice cream van. It's more about ability and will than privelege, though it will help always but often has been earnt somewhere. Problem is no-one wants to seem to invest in proper businesses making stuff these days. Why? It's too much like hard work and your staff generally get more holiday than you do and often more pay as you spend hours filling forms for the taxman, who also makes more easy money from the business unless you are very lucky to stumble on a temporary unfilled niche. Even Tesco only make about 6% net profit so it's hardly a bed of roses or easy. Look at Comet, Rover, Woolworths, Pindar Print etc all going bust. I think Vion should probably be thanked for saving jobs for 4 years and having a go but clearly it was not worth their while too much and now they are trying to safeguard jobs by finding a buyer. Only way we can pay people more in this country is if everyone is prepared to pay to have stuff made here, otherwise it will generally disappear to cheaper labour areas. So if you pay more for all british products then you can complain I reckon. We need a new "fairtrade" label for British based firms I reckon who cannot pay people as poorly as the importers. Otherwise the british workers are going to have to smell the coffee if they want a job at all, so too the public sector if they want any wealth to be paid so well ongoing. Everybody hates the bankers but they were probably the ones keeping us afloat for a while until joe public realised they had all borrowed more than they could repay. The only other way out is to find more skilled things to do but not everybody is going to be capable of being designers, engineers or pop stars so we need to keep some good manufacturing jobs too. Moorsider79
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6:24pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Maltonian says...

Let's hope a buyer comes forward and people's jobs are saved
Let's hope a buyer comes forward and people's jobs are saved Maltonian
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8:05pm Tue 20 Nov 12

djtswilson says...

Unigate, Grampion etc, pass the parcel and no thought for the grafters, it is time ladies to support home produced food products which in turn supports jobs, maybe even jobs for your children. This company is relocating back to Holland and will try and keep the customers here make sure they fail. Good luck to all the workforce and we pray for a good buyer to come forward.
Unigate, Grampion etc, pass the parcel and no thought for the grafters, it is time ladies to support home produced food products which in turn supports jobs, maybe even jobs for your children. This company is relocating back to Holland and will try and keep the customers here make sure they fail. Good luck to all the workforce and we pray for a good buyer to come forward. djtswilson
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9:47pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Magritte says...

RingoStarr wrote:
Real 'Pig's Ear' decision.
Hope someone will 'save their bacon'!
[quote][p][bold]RingoStarr[/bold] wrote: Real 'Pig's Ear' decision.[/p][/quote]Hope someone will 'save their bacon'! Magritte
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1:35pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Digeorge says...

It's a sad day for North Yorkshire particularly Malton and the surrounding areas for jobs.

It has changed its name several times, let's hope a buyer can be found.

Otherwise those jobless figures will be up again!
It's a sad day for North Yorkshire particularly Malton and the surrounding areas for jobs. It has changed its name several times, let's hope a buyer can be found. Otherwise those jobless figures will be up again! Digeorge
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