City firm takes the £6m biscuit

KRAFT Foods announced this week it is to spend £6m on making biscuits at its Bassett’s factory in Owlerton.

The move will create 60 jobs in manufacturing and technical roles – but 40 white-collar jobs will go at the plant. The company says there will be no compulsory redundancies.

The food giant, which owns Cadbury, will start producing Oreo and BelVita biscuits in Sheffield.

Ian Dearn, Kraft’s head of manufacturing in Sheffield, said the company recognised the strength of the UK as a manufacturing centre and would be making the famous biscuits in the UK for the first time.

“We are also excited about the opportunity to create new partnerships with local farmers to supply the wheat for these iconic products.”

GMB union Sheffield organiser Peter Davies welcomed the investment and the announcement that any redundancies will be voluntary. “We are hoping that there are enough employees who will be willing to leave on the terms that will be on offer. Nobody wants to see compulsory redundancies.

“These are testing times for all employers and their workforces and we have to hope that this announcement and strategy stands Bassett’s in good stead for the upturn in the economy when it comes.”