Cromer Crab: 109 jobs to go when Norfolk factory closes
Published: 24th May 2012 17:53:49
The factory producing Cromer crab and other prawn and lobster products in Norfolk is to close by August with the loss of 109 jobs.
Youngs Seafood is transferring operations to its Humberside site, although crab will still be bought and processed in Norfolk.
The decision was made after an eight month consultation.
Profit levels from the plant and costs were not sustainable, a company statement said.
Pete Ward, chief operating officer, said: "We have looked long and hard at this and I'd like to stress that this move does not reflect on the committed and experienced team in Cromer.
"Our priority is to continue to fulfil customer contracts, alongside ensuring that the employees affected by this announcement get the support they need."
The company said the significant factors considered which led to the decision to close included short-term and long-term costs, financial sustainability, quality and technical requirements, and the manufacturing capabilities of the site.
North Norfolk Labour Party expressed its shock and disappointment.
Members had worked alongside employees and celebrities in a campaign to keep the company open as it employs 5% of townspeople and as the crab is iconic to the seaside town.
Last September the party set up the "Keep It Cromer" campaign and its petition attracted support from Delia Smith, Stephen Fry and Matthew Pinsent.
The petition collected 7,000 names and was handed in to Young's by the then party chairman and MEP Richard Howitt.
Tom FitzPatrick, who is responsible for economic development at North Norfolk District Council, said: "This is a bitter blow to Cromer.
"The committed and dedicated team at Cromer Crab have worked with Young's Seafood to try and find a solution which would keep this facility open.
"The council will assist those who will lose their jobs, over the next couple of months, to seek new opportunities.
"I welcome Young's statement that the Cromer Crab name will remain in Cromer."
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Cromer Crab: 109 jobs to go when Norfolk factory closes. [Online] (Updated 24 May 2012)
Available at: http://www.manchesterwired.co.uk/news.php/1430744-Cromer-Crab-109-jobs-to-go-when-Norfolk-factory-closes [Accessed 14th May 2013]
At 00:43:25 in OtherRestrictions on postal voting and identity checks at polling stations may be needed to help crack down on fraud, the elections watchdog has ...
At 19:09:46 in OtherThousands of Manchester United fans have gathered at the club's Old Trafford stadium to mark the club's 20th league title and Sir ...
At 17:40:14 in OtherThe shopkeeper son of a Liverpool MP has been cleared of failing to properly label "legal highs" to warn consumers about potential...
At 15:22:00 in OtherA man who killed a boy in a hit-and-run crash in Greater Manchester has been jailed for six years, four months....
At 13:15:55 in OtherA Jetstream aircraft became the first to fly "unmanned" across UK shared airspace last month....
At 11:41:19 in BusinessLloyds Banking Group has said its chairman, Sir Win Bischoff, is to retire before May 2014....
At 10:47:51 in OtherExtra deliveries of juice and porridge have been sent to primary schools in poor areas of England to help them do better in tests this week....
At 07:48:48 in OtherA memorial to the famous fell-walker, Alfred Wainwright, will be unveiled on the hills above Blackburn, later....
At 07:07:07 in OtherOlivia Colman's double win was the big story of the Bafta TV Awards, but who else was crying tears of joy and who went home empty-hande...
At 03:37:59 in OtherOne of Britain's most wanted fugitives is due in court in Madrid later after being arrested at a luxury villa on Spain's Costa Bla...
News In Other Categories
Coldplay are to receive the best British act award at this year's Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards....
In 1303, King Edward I of England was in Scotland with his army. The monarch's expedition to conquer the Scots is believed to have brou...
Ministers are promising an end to the era of vulnerable people being passed around the health and care systems....
What makes a great foreign minister? Some of those who have held the great office of state, including Lord Carrington, David Owen and David ...
It was a melodious spectacle....
A second Welsh Conservative MP is to vote for an amendment criticising the Queen's Speech for not including a bill paving the way to an...