Mars Petcare To Axe Production Jobs

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Mars Petcare to axe production jobs
18th May 2017

By Sandra Pearce

Mars Petcare UK has told staff it plans to shed 64 jobs on its Melton Mowbray tinned pet food production line.

Plant manager Chris Sackree said: “We have proposed a restructure relating to our canning line, to ensure that our factory in Melton Mowbray remains fit for the future.”

The decision comes as pet owners increasingly turn to sachets and pouches over tins.

Chris added: “Our priority at this time is supporting our associates who are aware of the proposal and are taking part in a consultation process. A final decision on the restructure will be made following this period of consultation.

“Currently, this is a proposal. Subject to consultation, the current proposal could see a potential reduction of 64 roles. We will seek to mitigate the number of job losses through the consultation process.”

When asked whether this planned closure means the end of the company’s tinned food production in the UK, a spokeswoman said she had no further information to give.

In 2013, Mars Petcare shut its dry food factory site in Peterborough, with the entire workforce of 82 people losing their jobs following the company’s decision to move production to Hungary, Germany and Poland.

Last month, the company said it had joined forces with the local Melton council to make Melton Mowbray the UK’s number one pet-friendly destination.

Melton Council and Mars Petcare are setting up a series of initiatives aimed at showing how pets can improve the quality of life of adults and children across the community.