Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hopes for future of Saputo cheese factory in Newcastle Emlyn

TALKS have been held with companies interested in taking over business from the troubled Saputo cheese factory in Aberarad, Newcastle Emlyn.

It was revealed last week that 70 jobs are under threat at the firm after the Canadian owners announced they intend closing the factory after a 30-day consultation.

Assembly Member Rhodri Glyn Thomas has been in talks with the Welsh Government and many of the companies to find a buyer.

He said today: “Since Saputo entered a consultation with its staff regarding closure of the factory, I and my office have had several conversations with both farming unions and with parties interested in the site.

“This is very encouraging and I will continue to monitor the progress of these discussions with a view to securing the future of the factory and its employees.”

The news that Saputo intends closing the Newcastle Emlyn factory was met with shock last week. The company stepped in to buy the factory in 2006 from Dansco.

However, it said the business was no longer profitable and it has also closed another factory in Germany.

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