Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
East Midlands; Lincolnshire;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.12 - Processing and preserving of poultry meat

300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 May 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Avara Foods, a UK-based poultry business, has announced plans to close its duck processing plant in Caistor, Lincolnshire, putting 300 jobs at risk of redundancy.

In its statement, the company said that the plant was not sustainable, as already challenging market conditions had been exacerbated by the uncertainty around Brexit and the drop-in sales since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While consultation with the affected staff is underway, the management of the company ensured that they will provide the necessary support to everyone affected by the internal restructuring.

Avara Foods is one of the UK’s largest food businesses, supplying chicken, duck and turkey to supermarkets and restaurants. The duck processing plant in Caistor was acquired by the predecessor of Avara Foods five years ago.



Eurofound (2020), Avara Foods, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 100966, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/100966.