Dairy jobs saved – but not in North
JOBS have been secured at Dairy Farmers of Britain depots – but not in the North East, it emerged last night. Dairy Farmers of Britain, which is in receivership, announced the sale of five depots, saving 172 jobs.
THE Teesside depot of the embattled milk producer has closed with the loss of 50 jobs while there is still no buyer has been found for their base in the North East, at Blaydon, which employs 500 people, directly and indirectly.
Receivers PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) confirmed that all staff at the Telford Road depot in Middlesbrough had been made redundant following unsuccessful attempts to find a new buyer.
Joint receivers PricewaterhouseCoopers have sold four of the depots to The Capital Dairy Company Limited and Braeforge Limited.
The sales and have resulted in the transfer of 172 jobs to the new owners. The depots sold to the Capital Dairy Company Limited are in Newark, Skegness, Spalding, Hillsborough.
David Kelly, joint receiver and manager and director at PricewaterhouseCoopers said: "After the failure of the rescue bid for Blaydon dairy on Friday we have focused on trying to secure a future for the employees in the depots."
Unfortunately, the receivers were unable to secure deals for the remaining depots – at Carlisle, Blaydon, South Shields, Benton, Aberdare, Leeds, Teedside, Scarborough, Team Valley, Norton, Yorkshire, Portsmouth, Shiregreen, South Teesside, Bedlington, Enfield and Nantwich.
The news comes after the Government promised it was trying to "find a way forward" following the collapse of the co-operative that has left farmers being offered just 10p a litre for milk.