Addo restructure plans could put jobs at risk

Jobs could be at risk at Addo's Poole factory

Jobs could be at risk at savoury pastry producer Addo Food Group, following plans to restructure its Poole bakery.

Addo has entered into a consultation process with some of its employees at the site in Sterte, over its proposal to restructure some of its departments to increase efficiency.

The manufacturer was looking at team structures, with the possibility of five roles being put at risk. Addo has not disclosed the details of its restructuring plans.

An Addo spokesman said: “We fully recognise how hard this proposal is on affected employees. Should our proposals be accepted we will work closely with those affected and, where possible, offer them new roles within the business.

‘A long-term commitment’

“We have a long-term commitment to Poole and our intention is to build a business that can continue to positively contribute to Poole’s economy and its people.”

Addo employs about 650 staff at its Poole facility. The company produces sausage rolls, hot pies, scotch eggs and quiches for the grocery and convenience sector.

The restructure is the first shake up of the business since it was sold to private investor Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) in April this year.

The acquisition would support Addo’s growth strategy – including more product development, expansion into new markets and potential acquisitions – LDC claimed.

Expand into the foodservice sector

Last month also saw the pastry manufacturer expand into the foodservice sector, working with Central Foods to build up its customer base and looking for further opportunities over the coming months.

Addo’s foodservice commercial controller Jon Rose said: “This is a growing sector with more outlets than ever before looking for top quality products and we believe we have a very strong offering.

“Our expertise in creating a huge range of branded and own-label savoury pastry products means that our customers will know they are working with a business that can consistently supply a wide-range of high-quality products.”

Meanwhile, in March, Addo announced plans to cut 44 jobs at its Nottingham-based Riverside Bakery to ensure the company’s long-term future, it claimed.

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