UK – Kellanova has confirmed that its Kellogg’s cereal factory in Manchester will close towards the end of 2026, leading to the loss of approximately 360 jobs. 

The decision, which follows formal discussions with trade unions and employee representatives, concludes months of uncertainty that began in February 2024 when the closure was first proposed.

The 27-acre Trafford Park site has been operational for nearly 90 years, but Kellanova cited the factory’s age and significant unused space as key reasons for the closure. 

The facility’s layout, designed in the 1930s, involves a legacy manufacturing process with food traveling up and down six floors, no longer meeting modern operational needs.

Chris Silcock, managing director of Kellanova UK, acknowledged the factory staff’s professionalism and dedication during the difficult period leading up to the final decision. 

When we announced our proposal earlier this year, we said it had nothing to do with the outstanding people who work at our factory. And how everyone has chosen to conduct themselves over the last months has really brought this to life for us,” Silcock stated.

He further explained that maintaining the factory in the coming years would not be financially viable due to the extensive investment required. 

We only use half the space in the buildings, and the investment required to maintain the factory is simply not viable,” Silcock added.

Kellanova has committed to supporting affected employees through enhanced redundancy packages and offering redeployment opportunities where possible. 

The company will also work with partners to provide outplacement support for employees and begin exploring the site’s long-term future.

Details about where production will be relocated will be shared later in the year. Kellanova emphasized its dedication to making the transition smooth for employees and the local community.

Pringles launches new snack in tubeless packaging 

In other news, Pringles, owned by Kellanova, has launched a new snack called ‘Pringles Mingles,’ featuring tubeless packaging. 

Departing from its traditional tube packaging, the new snack will be bagged in three flavors: cheddar and sour cream, sharp white cheddar & ranch, and dill pickle ranch. 

Pringles’ US marketing director emphasized that while the iconic Pringles can remain a part of the brand’s identity, the company continually innovates to meet consumer cravings. 

The puffy, airy snack in easy-to-share packaging aims to enhance the enjoyment of Pringles, whether at home, at a party, or on the go. 

The new product is set to reach retail outlets in the second half of 2024, although the exact date of availability has yet to be announced.

This launch follows Pringles’ recent packaging innovation of replacing the metal bottom of its products with a recyclable paper fiber alternative, aligning with the company’s sustainability goals. 

The change is part of Kellanova’s ‘Better Days Promise,’ aiming to reduce its environmental footprint by incorporating circularity in design and limiting waste. The new packaging is accepted in various curbside recycling plants in Europe. 

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