150 jobs at risk at Hedon Salads in latest blow to East Yorkshire economy
ABOUT 150 jobs are under threat at an East Yorkshire firm.
Hedon Salads Ltd in Main Road, Newport, has been placed in administration this week.
The company is one of the largest fresh produce companies in the UK and has sites in Newport and Burstwick.
It grows and packs salad products such as peppers, aubergines, cucumbers and tomatoes for major supermarkets across the country, including Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda.
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The Mail understands Hedon Salads was forced to call in administrators after being unable to pay creditors.
Ninoas Koumetteou, director at London corporate recovery and licensed insolvency specialists AlexanderLawsonJacob, said: "I was appointed administrator as the company had liabilities that couldn't be paid.
"The company employs about 150 people and we are looking to preserve as many jobs as we can."
The announcement is yet another devastating blow to East Yorkshire's economy.
It comes after a catalogue of potential job losses that have been announced across Hull and the East Riding in recent weeks.
These include up to 500 at Kimberley Clark in Barton; which were announced on October 24; more than 250 at Seven Seas in Hedon Road, Hull, which were revealed on October 16; about 250 at Comet – 200 of which were announced on November 1 with an additional 50 jobs shed over the past seven days; and 50 at McCain in Freightliner Road, which came to light on October 14.
David Davis, MP for Haltemprice and Howden, said: "I will be talking with administrators to establish they are tying to preserve as many jobs as possible.
"Given the non-stop bad news we have had in a number of areas over the past few weeks, every single job matters.
"With figures showing there are now 50 people chasing every job in parts of Hull, we have to do everything we can to save as many jobs as possible."
Paul Bell, head of economic development at East Riding Council, said: "The current economic climate is challenging both the public and private sector.
"The council is disappointed to hear Hedon Salads has gone into administration but is working closely with neighbouring authorities, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and the wider business community to provide a robust response and help boost the economy through various initiatives."