260 jobs to go at C&C’s Tipperary and Somerset plants

C&C's state-of-the-art Bulmers factor in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
C&C's state-of-the-art Bulmers factor in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

C&C, the drinks company behind Bulmers and Magners cider, among many others, has revealed plans to shut two of its manufacturing plants with the loss of 260 jobs.



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13 January 2016 | 0

C&C announced last year that it intended to reviews its operations with a view to cutting costs by €15m per year, a project that has led to the latest announcement. According to the Irish Times, the closures are expected to take place in July of C&C’s water bottling plant in Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperary, and its cider-making facility in Shepton Mallet in Somerset, England.

The Irish Times reports that the Borrisoleigh plant will continue as a warehouse and distribution centre, while production will shift to Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, where up to 80 jobs will be created. However, it’s unclear whether the job losses at Borrisoleigh will be redeployed to the new section.

Regarding the Somerset plant, fruit for ciders will continue to be pulped there (farmers in the area are a major source of apples), before being shipped to Clonmel.

C&C runs another production facility, the Vermont Hard Cider company in the USA. This business has also been an ailing one for C&C since its purchase in 2012 for $305m, but a deal signed last week with the Pabst brewing company will see that company market and distribute all C&C products for the forseeable future.



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