Blow for big brand

McVities’ factory to shut with loss of 468 jobs

Factory makes famous brands

McVities’ biscuit factory in Glasgow, which has roots in Scotland stretching back 200 years, is expected to close with the loss of 468 jobs.

Turkish owner Pladis, the global snacking company, has blamed excess capacity across its UK sites and a need to ensure it can continue to invest in the success of the business.

The factory at Tollcross manufactures a range of notable products including Hobnobs and Rich Tea Biscuits.

The site has been identified for closure based on a “comprehensive business analysis” which considered several factors including utilisation, volume and product mix.

Under the plan, production from Tollcross will be moved to other Pladis sites within the UK and the factory would shut in the second half of next year.

McVities factory in Glasgow

David Murray, Pladis UK & Ireland managing director who announced the consultation to employees at meetings today, said: “We know this news will be difficult for our colleagues at Tollcross.

“Our priority now is to provide them with the support they need during the consultation process

“Pladis is home to some of Britain’s best loved brands which have been part of the fabric of our society for nearly two hundred years. In order to protect them for generations to come, we must take steps to address excess capacity in the UK. This overcapacity limits our ability to make the right investments in future capabilities to meet the very big changes in our industry.”

The company’s reasons for closing the business come against data showing a rise in snacking during lockdown.

Pladis acquired the McVitie’s business in 2014 after its takeover of United Biscuits, which made it the third largest biscuit manufacturer in the world. In that same year, United Biscuits also cut its then 680-strong workforce at Tollcross by almost a quarter.

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