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'Unprecedented inflationary pressures' forces Baxters Food Group Ltd to shed jobs


By Alan Beresford

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Baxters' Fochabers HQ has been spared the bulk of the proposed job losses.
Baxters' Fochabers HQ has been spared the bulk of the proposed job losses.

THE effects of persistently high inflation will see Baxters Food Group Ltd make redundancies.

However, the firm's Fochabers HQ, where soups, pickles and other items are made, is to be spared the worst of the reductions, with just one earmarked for the facility.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Baxters Food Group said: “Like many organisations, we are experiencing unprecedented inflationary pressures which has impacted our business performance.

"As a result we have made the difficult but necessary decision to make a small number of reductions within our workforce.”

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead voiced his concern at the news of job losses.

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Moray MSP Richard Lochhead. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

He commented: “The news of job losses at Baxters is concerning and no doubt many workers and their families will be extremely worried, especially given the difficult financial situation and the pressure on household incomes at the moment.

“I’m aware that Baxters have stated t

Councillor Shona Morrison. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Councillor Shona Morrison. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

“I’m aware that Baxters have stated the layoffs were due to ‘unprecedented inflationary pressure’ which of course highlights the serious impact of the high inflation we’ve been experiencing across the UK in the last few years.

"I will be seeking clarity from Baxters as to the nature of the job losses and will strongly urge them to ensure all options that prevents any job losses are fully explored.”

Councillor Shona Morrison (Fochabers-Lhanbryde, SNP) said: "Any loss of job, or threat of job losses is extremely concerning, especially at this time of year.

"All job losses have a profound impact on our small communities and coming at a time, when households are struggling to make ends meet during this cost of living crisis is extremely worrying."


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