United Kingdom
East of England; East Anglia; Suffolk
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10 - Manufacture of food products

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 October 2013
Employment effect (start)
15 October 2013
Foreseen end date
15 November 2013


Food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food is to close its chicken-processing plant in Suffolk by 15th November, resulting in the loss of 400 staff.

The company explained that the site is ageing, making losses, and lacking of important infrastructure in the region.

Following consultations with unions, the company committed to transfer 200 staff to its plants in Thetford, Witham and Eye. This is to reduce the social impact of the plant closure with a total workforce of 600.

Being based in Birmingham, 2 Sisters Food group has 47 sites in the UK and Ireland and also operates in Holland and Poland. In total, it employs 24,000 staff. A previous closure of a 2 Sisters Food chicken-processing plant in the UK has been reported in 2005.


  • 14 October 2013: BBC Website


Eurofound (2013), 2 Sisters Food, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 76018, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76018.