Birds Eye plant to shutThis article was originally published in Foodnews
UK FROZEN food giant Birds Eye is to close its fish processing plant in Hull. Birds Eye blames over-capacity in the industry for the move, and is moving production to its plants in Lowestoft, UK, and Bremerhaven, Germany. The plant was built in 1967 and has seven production lines, which manufacture fish fingers, fish cakes and other items. Its closure will mean the loss of nearly 500 jobs, according to Birds Eye, although trade unions say the total will be some 600 job losses. The GMB trade union is outraged, saying that when venture capitalists Permira bought the plant from Unilever in August 2006, Unilever assured the workforce that jobs, terms and conditions would be maintained for three years.