Arla Foods closure could see loss of 37 Cornish jobs

Arla Foods has announced proposals that could lead to the closure of its Trevarrian cheese making facility in Cornwall.

The planned closure, which would take place during summer 2021, could spell the loss of 37 jobs at its creamery near Newquay, and the company is now in consultation with employees to decide its fate.

The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) has described the potential loss as ‘a devastating blow for the workforce and local economy.’

The site produces a range of brie, camembert, and other cheese products predominantly under local brands or own-label retailer brands.

According to the company, volumes at the site have been in decline in the past three years, and this has been significantly worsened by the loss of several key own-label cheese contracts on top of the continued instability in foodservice demand due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

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