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Pasty factory fate to be confirmed days before Christmas

Pasty factory fate to be confirmed days before Christmas

Published by Emma Carton at 9:15am 5th December 2019. (Updated at 10:06am 5th December 2019)

Warrens bosses have confirmed more news about the fate of a Cornish pasty factory will be revealed just days before Christmas.

Pirate FM told you about plans to close the site in St Just as part of a major restructure.

22 shops across the UK have now shut, including the branch in Bodmin.

In a statement released last month, the bakery chain said it was making the changes with "sadness" and a "heavy heart".

Warrens Bakery says more news about the fate of a Cornish factory will be confirmed just days before Christmas


What do bosses say?

"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

Warrens Bakery has now closed 22 stores as part of a major restructure, including the shop in Bodmin


What happens next?

Warrnes Bakery says 44 company-managed sites remain open as well as more franchise stores outside of the south-west.

The company says it has placed approximately 25% of retail teams put at risk back into long term internal jobs within available vacancies in other stores.

Based on the proposal, bosses say Warrens Bakery would continue to employ nearly 350 staff across the south-west.

They have confirmed further news about the proposal for the factory at St Just will be revealed on the 19th of December.

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