Update: UBL Ledbury - Cider production to shift to Hereford

Ledbury Reporter: UBL-Ledbury: shock job losses reports UBL-Ledbury: shock job losses reports

CIDER production will be moved from Ledbury's Universal Beverages Limited to Hereford.

The Ledbury Reporter has been told the move to HP Bulmer's Hereford site will be made by December 2015, meaning "fewer jobs" are likely to be needed at UBL.

Packaging of the popular alcoholic drink will also be moved to the city from UBL.

Bulmer's owner, Heineken, says the exact impact on jobs at both sites has yet to be finalised.

A consultation process has begun at UBL's Little Marcle Road base.

Heineken says it has recently invested £58 million in the Hereford plant to "increase production capacity and modernise facilities".

"The investment demonstrates our commitment to securing Herefordshire for the long term as the global home of cider," said a Heineken spokesperson.

"This ambitious investment and modernisation programme will help us to secure hundreds of jobs in Herefordshire for the long term, and create some new jobs at the Hereford site."

He said the Ledbury plant would become a "dedicated fruit milling site".

Ledbury town and county councillor Liz Harvey said she was "disappointed" by the news.

"Clearly it's concerning on the jobs front,"she said.

"It's one of the major employers in Ledbury and I would like to see it continue to be a key employment site."

UBL was formed in 2008 with Heineken taking full control of it a year later.

 

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3:09pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Rosemary Thyme says...

What a wonderfully worded piece of spin - no mention of the expected/possible 100+ direct job losses through redundancy etc or the knock on effect of job loss through no longer required sub contractors and agency staff etc, or the knock on effect of loss of business within the many hauliers that are on site each day transporting finished product

And what about the much publicised and lauded work within the community, the very same scheme that The Ledbury Reporter reported on back in November 2012

http://www.ledburyre
porter.co.uk/news/le
tters/10067375.Chang
es_to_town/

Well done HEINEKEN - your joyous concern for Ledbury has been noted and the sad looking, long faces of current employees facing a very uncertain future tell a story
What a wonderfully worded piece of spin - no mention of the expected/possible 100+ direct job losses through redundancy etc or the knock on effect of job loss through no longer required sub contractors and agency staff etc, or the knock on effect of loss of business within the many hauliers that are on site each day transporting finished product And what about the much publicised and lauded work within the community, the very same scheme that The Ledbury Reporter reported on back in November 2012 http://www.ledburyre porter.co.uk/news/le tters/10067375.Chang es_to_town/ Well done HEINEKEN - your joyous concern for Ledbury has been noted and the sad looking, long faces of current employees facing a very uncertain future tell a story Rosemary Thyme
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