United Kingdom
North West; Greater Manchester;
Location of affected unit(s)
Trafford Park, Manchester
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10 - Manufacture of food products

690 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
24 August 2006
Employment effect (start)
25 August 2006
Foreseen end date
31 December 2006


Northern Foods today announced the closure of a bakery in Manchester with the loss of about 690 jobs. It is the company's latest move aimed at reviving its fortunes. The site, which produces a range of chilled savoury pastry products, predominantly Tesco's own brand ranges, was acquired by Northern Foods in 1991. In 2005-06, the operation suffered losses of more than £3 million before interest and tax. The company said the decision to close the bakery 'reflects Northern Foods' focus on improving the overall performance of the business'.

The GMB union suggested that this was another example of Tesco throwing their buying power weight about by depressing prices and moving production at will to other plants.


  • 24 August 2006: The Guardian
  • 24 August 2006: BBC Website


Eurofound (2006), Northern Foods, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63972, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63972.