United Kingdom
Wales; West Wales and The Valleys; Swansea
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10 - Manufacture of food products

234 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 April 2010
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Northern Foods, a food plant making Chinese ready meals in Swansea, is set to be closed down resulting in the loss of 234 jobs. The announcement came after the owners failed to renew their supply agreement with its major customer, Sainsbury. The agreement concerned 90% of Northern Foods production. The company entered into consultation with staff as there was a "very low probability" similar orders could now be found in time to save the factory. The jobs are mostly shift work in the food preparation and chilling area and the workforce includes a lot of agency staff. As of 25 April 2010 no date has been given for the closure.


  • 22 April 2010: BBC News


Eurofound (2010), Northern Foods, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 70447, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70447.