More than 100 staff at a King’s Lynn food factory are at risk of losing their jobs.

Tulip Ltd, based on the Hardwick Narrows Industrial Estate, has entered a 45-day consultation with employees and their representatives over proposals which could result in 118 redundancies.

Bosses at the cooked meats plant, part of the Danish Crown Group, are proposing to cut its current production from seven to five days.

The site, which employs around 570 people, reported a loss of around £22m in the year ending September 2016.

A statement released by Tulip Ltd said it had only just achieved weekly profit in recent weeks, marking the completion of a business-wide turnaround programme led by newly-appointed chief executive officer Steve Francis, which followed the restructuring of the organisation last September.

Mr Francis said: “The business is now entering into the next phase of its strategy, which is focused on the optimisation and competitiveness of our network of sites across the UK, ensuring we are able to achieve sustained growth while remaining strategically aligned with our core customers. Our King’s Lynn facility has suffered from a significant fall in production volumes and continues to make a loss on a weekly basis.

“We are looking to take steps which will keep the site operational for current and future generations in order to preserve the skills and crafts of producing good quality cooked meats, which means difficult and unavoidable decisions will need to be made. A 45-day consultation period has begun during which the business will engage closely with the employee representatives and those affected in order to minimise impact on people’s lives.”

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