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Threat to up to 100 jobs as vegetarian food maker Goodlife Foods announces closure of Newark plant

Manufacturing at a Newark food maker will cease next month with the loss of up to 100 jobs, with owners saying no viable alternative to moving its operations overseas can be found.

Daloon Foods (UK) Ltd, which operates as Goodlife Foods on Newark Industrial Estate, will cease manufacturing in Newark, its sole UK manufacturing base, on May 6, when all of its operations will be transferred to bases in continental Europe.

The vegetarian food maker – which supplies products to Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Ocado – employs 100 people.

Goodlife Foods on the Newark Industrial Estate. (54495185)

The company said: “Following the announcement made on January 13, we have now completed collective and individual consultations with our colleagues on ways to avoid the proposed closure of the Newark site, or at least minimize its impact. ‘impact.

“Unfortunately, no suitable or viable alternative has been found, therefore the decision has been made to close the UK manufacturing site in Newark, and subsequently transfer all volume to our group’s production facilities in mainland Europe. .

Goodlife Foods on the Newark Industrial Estate.  (54495186)
Goodlife Foods on the Newark Industrial Estate. (54495186)

“The decision was driven by the difficult trading conditions we have experienced in the UK market in recent years and which we expect to continue to face through to 2022 and beyond. By moving our production out of the UK, we can take advantage of the benefits of scale and efficiency that the larger group can offer.

“We will continue to manufacture products at our Newark location until the May 6, 2022 shutdown date.

“Until then, we will work closely with our colleagues in Newark and support them in finding alternative employment outside of Goodlife Foods.

Better known to Newarkans as Daloons, the food manufacturer’s name was changed to Goodlife Foods in 2016. Its Warrington site closed a few years ago and all operations moved to Newark.