A new buyer has stepped to take over the Nestlé chocolate factory site in Fawdon two miles outside Newcastle.
Nestlé announced it was closing its factory last year with the loss of the 475 jobs – many of whom live within a one mile radius of the Fawdon factory including Fawdon, Coxlodge, North Kenton and Blakelaw. A Taskforce made up of local MP Catherine McKinnell, Nestlé UK, local councillors, unions and Newcastle City Council was set up earlier this year ”to deliver a plan to support the workforce and find suitable alternative employment for Nestlé employees.”
The company have confirmed that the Fawdon site has been sold to Country Style Foods, a food manufacturer based in North Tyneside, which is expanding its operations in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Coun Alex Hay, Cabinet Member for Economic Inclusion, who was part of the local taskforce, said:
”Country Style Foods are a fantastic company who will bring employment opportunities to the Fawdon site, which is what we wanted as it’s a key employment site in the city.”
He added: ”I hope they will carefully consider the skills of the Nestle workforce and absorb as many as possible into their new operations at Fawdon.”
According to figures collated by Newcastle Council as of June 2023 Nestle employed 510 people at their Fawdon site. Of those 459 lived in an area with a NE postcode and 160 lived in an area either with an NE3 or NE5 postcode. A considerable number of those employed by Nestlé live within walking distance of the factory.
Nestlé UK, said:
“We have been carefully exploring options for the future of Fawdon factory since we announced its planned closure. We are pleased to have exchanged contracts with an established local business to purchase the factory. The sale relates to the premises only and the business has not been transferred.”