Pilgrim puts workers on three-day week amid export ban


by FarmingUK

29 April 2021


Pilgrim's Ashton-under-Lyne pork processing plant has been forced to put 100 workers on a three-day week as China's ban on exports continues to impact the sector.


The pork processor said the delay in reinstating the licence to export to the world's largest pork market had 'significantly impacted the profitability of the site in Ashton'.


The company, formally known as Tulip, added that this meant the current situation was 'financially unsustainable and could put at risk the site and its 600 employees'.


The Greater Manchester based site had been previously licensed to export products to China, but this was voluntarily suspended by the company in October due to a number of positive Covid tests at the site...