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Warrens pasty factory in Cornwall set to close

Warrens pasty factory in Cornwall set to close

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:43pm 22nd November 2019. (Updated at 7:50am 23rd November 2019)

A Warrens pasty factory in Cornwall is set close with the risk of redundancies.

The factory in St Just, which has been operating since the 1970s, is closing and 'a number of loss-making shops' could go too.

Pirate FM understands that this could happen before Christmas.

It comes as the Cornish bakery chain proposes to restructure the business.

Bosses say it is "with sadness and a heavy heart" that they are considering streamlining options which could lead to "significant" job losses.

Back in July Pirate FM reported that over 60 roles could be at risk in St Just and Plymouth.

"In reaction to continued Brexit uncertainty and its ongoing consumer impact, we have taken the extremely hard decision to propose a restructure of the business. With sadness and a heavy heart, we are consulting with staff and examining streamlining options, which could lead to a significant loss of jobs throughout the West Country.  With its configuration and remote location, our St. Just manufacturing site, occupied since the 1970s, is no longer economically viable based on market influences. We are also consulting on the closure of a number of lossmaking shops to safeguard the future of the wider business.  

"By streamlining our portfolio, we will target the profitable segments of our business in food2go and café. Our increased focus will be in areas where we have seen continued success, including hospitals, travel hubs, strategically selected high street and destination sites.  We remain committed to profitable manufacturing and will retain our site at Callington, while we will examine a variety of options to support our growth as a brand nationally, including in major airports.

"We will continue to respond to an ever-changing market environment, where consumers demand greater product and pricing choice.  Our 1860 heritage product, the Cornish pasty will remain our signature item, however we will expand our range further to drive greater consumer interest in a changing world.  

"We would like to thank our loyal staff and customers wholeheartedly for their continued support.  We have been part of the West Country community for 160 years and, by implementing these proposed changes, we aim to serve the local economy for many years to come."

Warrens Bakery spokesperson

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