Food giant Nestle has announced plans to close a major UK factory, putting 600 jobs at risk.
Nestle wants to close its site in Fawdon, in Newcastle upon Tyne, by the end of 2023.
It said 573 jobs in total would be “put at risk” with 475 workers facing redundancy in Newcastle, and a further 98 jobs on the line in York.
The Newcastle factory opened in 1958 and makes sweets like Fruit Pastilles, Matchmakers and Rolos.
Nestle says it will instead invest millions in its York and Halifax factories.
Around £20million will be put into its York facility, while £9.2million will be spent at Halifax.
Nestle said: “We do not underestimate the impact that the closure of Fawdon factory would have on the local area and, as part of the consultation, we want to work with the local community to find ways that we can support the area and our employees if these proposals were to go ahead.
“We believe that the business case behind these proposed changes is compelling and, ultimately, the best way to keep our business competitive in the long term.”
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