Grantham factory set to ‘optimise’ production – putting 230 jobs at risk

National brand McCain Foods has announced plans to optimise its network of production facilities in the UK – putting some 230 jobs at risk at its Lincolnshire plant.

The company is proposing, subject to consultation, to reduce the employee numbers at its Easton plant near Grantham.

A spokesperson for the Company said: “This proposal has been made after an extensive review of current and future requirements for the McCain UK business, and will ensure we continue to be an efficient and customer-focused business that is fit for the future.

“If the proposal is accepted, the site will continue production with approximately 150 roles ongoing.

“We remain committed to our operations in Grantham and the UK and no other McCain sites are included in this proposal.

“The employees at our Grantham plant are loyal and hard-working, and it’s our priority now to ensure that every affected colleague is treated with fairness and respect, and given our full support through the consultation period.”

The McCain brothers founded the company in their hometown of Florenceville, Canada, in 1957. McCain created the first ever frozen chip and went on to become the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products.

Today McCain, still family owned, has grown to 52 production facilities across six continents, employing over 21,000 employees across the world.