Walkers to close North East crisp factory

The Walkers crisp factory in Peterlee is to close, it has been announced.

Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 9:42 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:12 am
Walkers crisp factory in Peterlee. Copyright Google Maps.

The shock news has been revealed by company bosses this morning.

Other company sites in the UK will continue to manufacture crisps.

Tracey Foster, Peterlee manufacturing director at PepsiCo UK, said: “In order to improve the efficiency of our UK snacks manufacturing operations, we are proposing the closure of our factory at Peterlee.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

"Crisps currently produced at the site would be manufactured at our other facilities in the UK.

“Peterlee has been an important site for our business but the changes we are proposing present significant productivity and efficiency savings crucial for ensuring the long-term sustainable growth of our business in the UK.

“We appreciate this is upsetting news for everyone at the Peterlee site.

"It is a difficult proposal for us to put forward and we want to make clear that it in no way reflects the performance of our colleagues at Peterlee, who we are grateful to for their hard work and commitment.

“No decisions will be made without first consulting employees and their representatives.

"We would also like to reassure colleagues that we will be providing on-going support and assistance from this point onwards.”

Are you affected by the news? Call our newsdesk on 0191 501 7326.