United Kingdom
East Midlands; Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire; South and West Derbyshire
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.51 - Operation of dairies and cheese making

223 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 July 2019
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2019


Müller has announced plans to close production at its dairy in Foston, Derbyshire. The closure will result in the loss of 223 jobs and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. The company has claimed that the closure is a result of changing consumer tastes, meaning lower demand for its products. A consultation process identified Foston as the site to close, because its size meant that it cannot absorb production from other dairies. The USDAW trade union commented that the loss of the site was a major disappointment, but drew attention to the fact that it was able to secure enhanced redundancy terms as well as better relocation packages for employees who find alternative employment within the business.

When Müller last announced a major restructure in 2016, Foston and other sites were the recipients of significant investment. 



Eurofound (2019), Müller Milk & Ingredients, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 98100, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/98100.