pladis confirms plans for 468 job losses and closure of Tollcross Glasgow site

A total of 468 jobs at snack group pladis’s Tollcross production site in Glasgow have been put at risk, with the site slated to close as part of company restructuring, reports Neill Barston.

According to the company, the move is being proposed on the basis of analysis of its business requirements, including use, volume and mix of products.

The site produces some of the company’s key ranges including Hobnobs and Rich Tea biscuits, but the company said that it now has “excess capacity” across its UK locations. National media have reported considerable concern from unions in relation to the plans, which are subject to consultation with staff.

Significantly, in January the business, which is behind Jacob’s and McVitie’s brands announced a new multi-million global headquarters building at Chiswick, moving its former UK base from its traditional home in Middlesex.

Presently, the company has a 6,000-strong global workforce spans 25 factories in 11 countries. pladis is headquartered in the UK with seven factories and a global R&D hub.

The business noted that the closure of the Glasgow site would address excess capacity and ensure the company can continue to invest in its future success. If approved, the Tollcross location would cease operations from the second half of 2022.

David Murray, pladis UK & Ireland Managing Director who announced the consultation,  said: “We know this news will be difficult for our colleagues at Tollcross.

“Our priority now is to provide them with the support they need during the consultation process pladis is home to some of Britain’s best loved brands which have been part of the fabric of our society for nearly two hundred years. In order to protect them for generations to come, we must take steps to address excess capacity in the UK. This overcapacity limits our ability to make the right investments in future capabilities to meet the very big changes in our industry.”


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