Carnoustie potato packer prepares for redundancies

A Generic Photo of potatoes.

A Generic Photo of potatoes.

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A Carnoustie potato packing plant is in consultation with employees over staffing levels as one of their significant contracts draws to an end.

Site owner Farmcare is to enter a period of consultation with staff at their Carnoustie site at Clayholes Farm as the firm expects a reduction in trading levels following the end of the contract to necessitate a reduction in packhouse workers.

The Carnoustie site specialises in packing and does not have any processing facilities, meaning Farmcare cannot offer a broader service to customers beyond the pre-packing of fresh potatoes. Based on a significant market review, Farmcare believes long term investment to deliver processing capability is not commercially viable for the business.

It is anticipated that Farmcare will reduce packing volume in September. As a major grower, Farmcare will continue to supply a range of customers.

Richard Quinn, CEO of Farmcare, said: “We’re proud to be an employer in Scotland and we want to approach the consultation in the most transparent way possible, as we genuinely care for the future of the great team we have at Carnoustie. We will be offering guidance and support to those directly affected and will seek to utilise voluntary redundancies as a way to reduce the number of compulsory redundancies required. We will, of course, also explore alternative employment opportunities for those affected.

“We’re equally dedicated to securing existing customers’ business into the future as well as exploring new business opportunities. We’ve already had an encouraging account win with a large retail customer, resulting in securing a long term relationship: this will help secure a number of roles at the Carnoustie site.

“However, it is with regret that at this time we need to move into a period of consultation with our Carnoustie colleagues in order to bring costs in line with our business. These are challenging decisions for any long term minded business and over the coming weeks we will be focussed on supporting our team throughout the consultation process.”