Ireland-based meat processor Kepak has introduced the shutdown of one of its products, leading to job losses at its Cork plant.
Kepak said in a statement it decided earlier this year to halt supplies of “slow-cooked product in the UK” as part of a “comprehensive strategic review”.
The company reported that customers were aware of the decision and that it is “constructively engaging” with affected workers at its Cork plant.
Up to 120 jobs will be cut, according to Irish newspaper The Echo. The Cork factory also reportedly employs 600 people in meat processing and consumer food marketing.
There are reportedly about 140 people working in the slow-cooked division, and about 20 of them will continue to work there as the company winds down the division, according to The Echo.
Kepak’s statement read: “We have tried to minimize the impact this will have on our colleagues, with some affected employees being transferred to other roles. Unfortunately, the development has led to job losses.
“We will continue to communicate openly with those affected and provide them with the support they need.”
The Irish-based company’s slow-cooked division prepares ready meals, including pulled meat and lamb shanks.
Founded in 1966 and owner of brands such as Rustlers and Big Al’s, Kepak has 15 manufacturing sites across the UK and Ireland.
Kepak has turnover of £526.7 million ($662.5 million) in the year to December 31, 2021.