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Thursday, 28 November, 2002, 17:39 GMT
Nestlé to cut 160 milk jobs
Nestlé chocolate
Nestlé is closing its plant in Ashbourne, Derbyshire
More than 160 workers are losing their jobs after layoffs at several factories owned by food giant Nestlé.

About 120 workers who make canned milk products at a plant in Ashbourne, Derbyshire were told on Thursday that the plant will close.

Production is scheduled stop next June, when the output will be split between an outside contractor and a Nestlé plant in the Netherlands.

Another 24 jobs will go at Dalston in Cumbria and at least 20 more jobs at Girvan in Scotland.

Condensed milk

West Derbyshire Conservative MP Patrick McLoughlin says it is a major blow to the local economy.

Nestlé will expand production at its Dalston factory, making more popular items such as Cappuccino and coffee creamer Coffee Mate.

But despite a proposed £2.5m investment in Dalston, it will see 24 job losses because of falling demand for sweetened condensed milk.

Perrier water
Nestlé is the world's largest food maker

Nestlé is ending its milk supply arrangements with 460 UK farmers, but the co-operative First Milk will take over those contracts from April.

First Milk, which is owned by its 4,000-plus dairy farmer members, will then use the supplies to provide Nestlé and other customers.

Swiss-based Nestlé, the world's biggest food company, produces instant coffee, Perrier water and chocolate.

In February 2002, it reported net profits of 6.7bn Swiss francs (£2.8bn), a 16% rise over the previous year.


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