166 jobs in balance with Tangerine factory closure

Blackpool sweet manufacturer Tangerine Confectionery is to close one of its two manufacturing sites in the town, risking 166 jobs.

Tangerine CliftonThe firm, which ranked 20th in Lancashire Business View's list of high-grossing companies, earned £169m last year but has now decided to end production and equipment at its Clifton Road factory as part of a nationwide restructuring of its manufacturing operations.

By March 2015, work will have been redistributed to the company's other sites, include its factory on Vicarage Lane, due to what the company called "excess capacity" and a need to be more competitive in a challenging market.

A statement read: "Up to 166 staff at the Clifton Road factory have been informed that they will be affected by the proposed changes and a consultation process with employees on both a collective and individual basis begins today."

Nigel Nelson, operations and supply chain director, said: “These changes at Tangerine are fundamental to creating sustainable jobs in Blackpool and elsewhere in our UK factories and underpin our future competitiveness as a British confectionery manufacturer.

“The decision has been made after a carefully considered review. Our primary concern at this stage is the welfare of our employees and we are committed to do all that we can to support them through the consultation period and beyond. "We will do everything possible during this time to retain the experience of employees within the business by offering roles at our other factories for example, Vicarage Lane where we continue to invest."