Produce business confirms site closure and job losses

Produce World in Butterwick, closing as part of plans to join forces with Wykeham's Lincolnshire Field Products.
Produce World in Butterwick, closing as part of plans to join forces with Wykeham's Lincolnshire Field Products.
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A major fresh produce firm is to close its operation near Boston, shedding more than 100 roles, as part of plans to join forces with a business near Spalding.

It follows a period of consultation relating to plans from Produce Word Group to form a joint venture with LFP (Lincolnshire Field Products), based at Wykeham, over the growing, harvesting, packing and marketing of brassicas.

It was back in February when Produce World Group announced the proposal, explaining it would see the closure of its site in Butterwick where - at that time - 250 people were employed in the brassica trade. Last week, the firm announced the site was to close as planned.

A spokesman for the business said: “Consultation has now been concluded and, as envisaged, the Produce World Butterwick site will close later this year.

“We are pleased to say that 120 colleagues from Produce World Butterwick will transfer to Produce World LFP at Wykeham, and this process will take place over the next few months.”

One hundred colleagues have taken redundancy and about 30 have left to go to other jobs, the spokesman added.

He stressed this was double the number anticipated when the consultation was launched.

Explaining the proposals in February, Martin Tate, commercial director of LFP, said: “This Joint Venture will help to secure the future of brassica growing in this part of Lincolnshire.”