LONDON: Britvic has confirmed it will close its Norwich plant, according to workers’ union Unite, who dubbed the move a “hammer blow” for the region.
The company first revealed plans to transfer production of Robinsons squash and Fruit Shoot to elsewhere in the country in October, putting 240 jobs at risk.
The site could now close in 2019, with operations transferred to other plants in East London, Leeds and Rugby.
Unite’s national officer for the food and drink sector, Julia Long, said: “It is bad news for the wider Norfolk economy, especially as we face challenging economic times in 2018.
“Unite will work tirelessly with all key stakeholders to see what can be done, even at this eleventh hour.”
Britvic’s Norwich site is co-owned by Unilever. The future of Unilever’s Colman’s Mustard plant at the location is also under review.