More than 550 jobs at a chicken factory are at risk after its proposed closure was announced.
The 2 Sisters Food Group said products made site on Freebournes Road in Witham, Essex, could be produced “more efficiently elsewhere”.
The company employs 555 people at the site and said all were “now at risk of redundancy”.
It said it would look at “redeployment opportunities” at two of its sites in Norfolk.
In a statement, the company said: “Our continuing UK poultry strategic footprint review has concluded we need shorter and leaner supply chains in order to remain competitive in an extremely challenging sector.
“Our key priority now is to hold meaningful consultations with all affected employees.”
The company supplies chickens to most of the UK’s major supermarkets and also owns Fox’s Biscuits