Internal restructuring
European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
UK, Germany and France
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.82 - Manufacture of cocoa, chocolate and sugar confectionery

1,070 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 March 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Confectionery giant Mars is cutting 700 jobs at sites in the UK as production is transferred overseas. The company will close one of its main UK factories in Slough, Berkshire, with the loss of 500 jobs over two years. A further 200 posts will go at the firm's five other plants in Leicestershire, Peterborough, Kings Lynn and Leeds.

Owners Masterfoods said it was reducing its workforce by more than 1,000 across Europe, with 370 jobs also being lost in France and Germany. Production of Twix bars would move to France and Germany, while Starburst sweets would be made in the Czech Republic. Union officials have criticised the plans, saying Mars had refused to consult with workers' representatives.


  • 11 March 2005: The Guardian
  • 10 March 2005: BBC News


Eurofound (2005), Masterfoods, Internal restructuring in European Union, factsheet number 61251, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/61251.