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Alliance Confirms Closure of Sockburn Plant

01 November 2011

NEW ZEALAND - The Alliance Group has confirmed its previously announced proposal to close the Sockburn Plant in Christchurch at the end of the 2012 processing season.

The final decision was taken following a four week consultation period with staff and unions.

The company will offer its 250 employees the opportunity to transfer to other Alliance Group plants where that is practicable. Employees will have several months to consider their alternatives and make an informed decision.

The proposal will see the transfer of beef processing to the company’s Mataura and Pukeuri Plants where capacity is being expanded.

Venison processing will be transferred to a new plant to be built at Smithfield Plant in Timaru.

The Sockburn Plant also processes pigs on behalf of Porkcorp NZ, which is making alternative arrangements with Ashburton Meat Processors.

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