Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Historic factory site could lose Robinsons and Colman's brands



Hundreds of jobs are in jeopardy at a historic production site where Robinsons squash and Colman's Mustard have been made for decades.
 
Britvic has announced plans to close its factory in Norwich, where Robinsons has been made for more than 90 years, putting 242 jobs at risk.
 
 
The company said it planned to transfer production of Robinsons and another drink, Fruit Shoot, away from Norwich to sites in east London, Leeds and Rugby.


That prompted Unilever, owner of Colman's Mustard, to launch a review of its own production at the same site, with options including the "potential closure" of the plant - where the brand has been made since the nineteenth century.


Unilever, which employs 113 people in Norwich, said Colman's "has been an important part of Norwich and the surrounding area for more than 200 years" and that it would work hard to retain the link.


But it said it and Britvic's operations at the site were "uniquely intertwined" with a shared infrastructure and that Britvic's withdrawal "would have serious implications for Unilever in Norwich".


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