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Britvic Proposes To Close Norwich Manufacturing Site; 242 Employees Affected

Soft drinks maker Britvic Plc (BVIC.L) announced Tuesday the proposed closure of Norwich manufacturing site, expecting to improve the efficiency and productivity of its manufacturing operations.

The company, after review of its manufacturing sites and distribution network, announced a proposal to transfer production of Robinsons and Fruit Shoot from Norwich site to its manufacturing sites in East London, Leeds and Rugby.

The proposal has been approved by the Board for consultation with impacted employees and, subject to full and proper consultation, it is proposed that the site will close towards the end of 2019. The company said it has also informed Unilever, who co-own the site with Britvic, of the proposals.

Britvic has 242 employees on site that are affected by the closure decision.

In November 2015, Britvic announced a 3-year business capability programme, investing a net 240 million pounds of capital in its GB manufacturing operations.

Simon Litherland, CEO said, "...the changes we are proposing today present significant productivity and efficiency savings in our manufacturing operations, deliver environmental benefits and, coupled with our ongoing investment programme in our GB manufacturing operations, ensure that we have the flexibility and capability we need to respond to changing consumer trends faster and more efficiently."

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