Confectionery giant Nestle plans to cut nearly 600 jobs in the UK, close a factory and shift production of some products to Europe, the company said.
The Swiss company is proposing to close its site in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne, towards the end of 2023, with the loss of around 475 jobs, with 98 further job cuts in York.
The company said it was proposing changes to tailor its confectionery manufacturing for the future, with a £ 29.4million investment in its factories in York and Halifax.
The company said: “Nestle Confectionery has an ambitious UK business strategy and these proposals aim to support our long-term success in an increasingly competitive category.
“The proposed changes would create a more efficient manufacturing footprint and, in turn, allow for greater strategic investment in Nestlé’s largest confectionery brands.
“We have chosen to announce these proposals as soon as possible to give as much time as possible to consultation with our colleagues and the unions.”
The GMB union said it was “sickening” that lives were “ruined in a relentless pursuit of profit”.
The Fawdon factory, which opened in 1958, manufactures products including fruit lozenges, while the York site manufactures Kit Kats.
Nestlé, which employs 8,000 workers in the UK, is offering to shift production of products from Fawdon to other factories in the UK and Europe.