100 Flint frozen food factory jobs are safe


David Humphreys

THE future of more than 100 factory jobs has been secured after a frozen food plant takeover was finalised.

Leeds-based David Wood Baking has completed its buyout of the Creative Foods factory in Flint from parent company Brakes Group.

The move will secure the site’s long-term future and the future of its 138 workers.

A spokesman for David Wood Baking yesterday confirmed that the takeover of the Aber Park site was completed on July 4.

It was originally believed that the move would secure 142 jobs but the spokesman confirmed that some staff had either chosen to remain with parent company Brakes Group or moved elsewhere.

Now the purchase has been completed, the ready meals factory will continue to operate and staff will become employees of David Wood Baking.

In a statement, a spokesman for Creative Foods said: “We are delighted to confirm that David Wood Baking has acquired the Creative Foods business in Flint, with the transfer of all Creative Foods employees to David Wood Baking under the terms of the acquisition.

“While it has undoubtedly been a challenging few months for the staff at Creative Foods, they have acted with the utmost professionalism at all times which significantly contributed to the decision taken by David Wood Baking to acquire the business.

“We would like to thank the staff at Creative Foods for their dedicated support over the years and wish them and David Wood Baking every success in the future.”

Reacting to the announcement, Delyn AM Sandy Mewies said: “When Creative Foods announced they were proposing to close the plant in Flint I asked the Business Minister, Edwina Hart, to get involved to see what support could be given to the workforce and whether any jobs could be saved. 

“So I am delighted that a new company is coming in and the Welsh Government has been able to play a p art in helping to safeguard a significant number of jobs on the site. 

“I now hope that the new business can flourish and that the workforce can look forward to a more secure future.”

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