Jobs will be lost as Mexican food factory to close

A DAVENTRY factory is to close with 77 jobs at risk.

The Discovery Foods factory, in Stephenson Close on the town’s Drayton Fields industrial estate, is to close after four years.

The announcement was made on Tuesday that Discovery Foods, part of the Santa Maria Group, is proposing to cease operation of its Daventry-based factory, and move production to the company’s larger factory in Milton Keynes.

The 77 employees at the Daventry factory, which makes Mexican corn products, have been informed.

Redundancies would be kept to a minimum by inviting the Daventry employees to take up the 32 vacancies at the Milton Keynes site, with consultation and support offered to all employees.

A spokesman for the company said: “The Daventry site is no longer suitable to house the plant and machinery required for optimum production and the management is considering the difficult decision to cease operating from the site.

“The date for proposed closure has not yet been confirmed but is expected to fall within the first quarter of 2012.”

In 2007, shortly after it was bought by the Santa Maria Group, Discovery Foods took on 28 people from its sister firm Sonora Foods, also based in Daventry, when that factory was closed down and production moved to Sweden and Belgium.