United Kingdom
Yorkshire and the Humber; North Yorkshire; North Yorkshire CC
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.84 - Manufacture of condiments and seasonings

100 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 February 2007
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Tate & Lyle is to cease production of citric acid at a North Yorkshire factory, with the loss of 100 jobs. Union officials said the decision to end production at the Selby plant was a 'devastating setback' for the region's hard-hit economy. The firm blamed 'intense competition' from Chinese imports and over-supply in world markets, and said its UK citric acid business was no longer viable. The company said it would make every effort to help workers find other jobs. The announcement follows similar job cuts in the region in recent months by firms including Nestle, Aviva, Terry's and British Sugar.

Tony Randerson, Amicus union official, said North Yorkshire 'could not afford to lose more manufacturing jobs'.

'Our main priority is to help our members who are now facing an uncertain future,' he said.

'We will now be meeting with the company to do everything we can to minimise these proposed job losses.'

Stanley Musesengwa, chief operating officer at Tate & Lyle, said the decision to close had been difficult. 'Despite the best efforts of the team at Tate & Lyle to reduce costs, continuing pricing pressures mean that our UK citric acid businesses can no longer compete viably in an increasingly difficult market.'


  • 1 February 2007: BBC News


Eurofound (2007), Tate and Lyle, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 64897, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64897.