Workers at the Kenco coffee factory in Banbury are seeking urgent assurances over jobs as news emerged today (Wednesday 7 May) that owner Mondelez International is combining its business with D. E. Master Blenders.
The move which sees Mondelez International selling 51 per cent of its coffee business to create a new company called Jacobs Douwe Egberts prompted calls from Britain’s largest union, Unite for guarantees over the site, which employs 1,000 people and has been the main employer in Banbury for 50 years.
The Banbury facility produces 100 million jars of instant coffee per year and is home to a global centre of excellence for coffee research and development.
Commenting Unite national officer Rhys McCarthy said: “This move has the potential to be highly unsettling for a skilled and dedicated workforce. The Kenco coffee factory in Banbury is a vital source of jobs for the local community and economy.
“The site has a proud history of food and drink manufacturing and over the coming days we will be seeking guarantees over jobs and assurances that the site will remain a world leader.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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Notes to editors
• Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.