United Kingdom
South West; Dorset and Somerset; Somerset
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.7 - Manufacture of bakery and farinaceous products

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
24 May 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 October 2018


It has been announced that the Greencore factory in Somerset is set to close, which will result in the loss of 400 jobs. The company produces chilled desserts at the site, which has been operational for 126 years. According to the company, the site would require significant upgrading in order for production to continue; a cost which would not be recouped through sales. The proposals state that the majority of the redundancies would take place from April 2018, but that some jobs will be cut before then. The proposals are subject to a 45 day statutory consultation period. A spokesperson for the Usdaw trade union has commented that the union is seeking to achieve enhanced redundancy packages for its members. 

UPDATE 27/07/2017: The final closure date for the Greencore factory has been confirmed as October 2018, as the consultation between management and worker representatives nears its conclusion. The closure will take place in two main stages in April 2018 and October 2018. The remainder of the consultation process will be devoted to finalising the severance package for the affected workforce.


  • 24 May 2017: BBC Website
  • 24 May 2017: Somerset Live
  • 12 June 2017: Somerset Live
  • 27 July 2017: Somerset Live


Eurofound (2017), Greencore, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 91173, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91173.