More than 100 workers will be left in the lurch as Brisbane’s Top Taste announces closure it would be closing early next year.
It’s truly the end of an era for the Kedron factory, which has been in operation for more than 50 years.
The closure comes after George Weston Foods sold that arm of the business to Sydney-based Newly Weds Foods last week.
A representative from George Weston Foods told The Courier Mail market conditions were to blame for the closure.
“Market conditions in Australia have been challenging for the category in recent years, with the Top Taste announces closure Bakery experiencing significant volume and customer volatility,” they said.
“The change will see 120 people affected.”
Workers were informed of the impending closure in May, and GWF said efforts were being made to redeploy staff within the company.
“We employ approximately 500 people in these businesses across Queensland and we will prioritise the Kedron bakery employees for any relevant vacancies,” they said.
“The business is already underway with one-on-one discussions around redeployment opportunities, as well as support from the business and third-party group Lee Hecht Harrison in providing career transition services.”
It was reported that Newly Weds Foods expected to employ approximately 12 Top Taste bakery staff in Sydney.
The future of the 3.63-hectare site is yet to be decided.