Vion UK has announced the closure of its primary pork processing plant in Scotland, citing major financial losses.
Vion UK chairman Peter Barr announced that two final offers on the Hall's of Broxburn site were not viable and the West Lothianbased plant would therefore close, with the direct
loss of 1,700 jobs.
According to Barr, it was a regrettable decision, but since the site was losing £79,000 per day and the two potential buyers could not provide viable business plans, the site would be closed in a phased plan. He said that part of the site would close later this month, with the rest of the site stopping production in February next year.
The Scottish Government said the economy would suffer once production moved away from the area, which led finance and employment secretary John Swinney to implement a recovery plan to minimise the impact.
Closing the Hall's of Broxburn site will also affect the country's pig industry as the plant processed 8,000 pigs each week, half of which were reared in Scotland. To find a solution to the problem, the government is working with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), the organisation SPP (Scottish Pig Producers) and the National Farmers' Union Scotland (NFUS) to look at the options available to the sector.
Source: Vion UK