2 sisters has signed a five year contract for its Gunstone bakery near Sheffield, which will offset the loss of a chilled contract with an unnamed retailer. The lost rolls and sushi will move to a new supplier in March 2017, although 2 Sisters said it would be exploring new opportunities for its chilled business.
A spokesperson from the manufacturer 2 Sisters said: “We can confirm our contract making filled rolls and sushi will move to another supplier in March 2017. This will now give the business time to explore new chilled business opportunities. We can also confirm that we have secured a new five year bakery contract at Gunstones which mitigates our chilled contract loss.”
In 2013 the bakery recruited almost 200 people. It said this was due to shoppers switching to more fashionable lines such as flatbreads and sushi. At the time site employed more than 1400 people. It was purchased by 2 Sisters in April 2011.
In June 2015 the hundreds of workers at Gunstones Bakery took part in the 48 hour strike over pay. The strike was announced when bakery imposed a pay freeze. Up to 550 workers vented their anger at the refusal to renegotiate pay at the factory. Gunstones Bakery said it was keen to continue meaningful talks.
2 Sisters is currently in dispute at two of its other plants. Members of union rep. conducted a 48 walk out at its Pennine Foods factory. The union boss Ronnie Draper said that a week-long strike was planned from Thursday, June 16.