ABP Food Group has confirmed plans to close Freshlink Foods in Shettleston, Glasgow, with the loss of nearly 150 jobs.
Plans to close the factory, which is one of the UK’s biggest suppliers of frozen sausages, were first announced in June this year, but ABP has now confirmed it will start a phased transfer of production to its Dalepak Foods site in Northallerton, Yorkshire.
ABP informed workers and their union Usdaw of its decision today, saying it now expected the factory to close early next year.
Responding to the news, Usdaw’s Deputy Divisional Officer Stewart Forrest said:
“This is devastating news for Freshlink’s long-serving and loyal workforce and a real body blow to a local community that’s already suffering from high unemployment, with 17 people chasing every single job centre vacancy. There are entire families employed at the factory and we have many members who have worked at Freshlink for more than 30 years.