40 jobs to go in County Antrim

A County Antrim food processing plant is to close down, resulting in the loss of 40 jobs.

Oaktree Foods, which is a division of the O'Kane Group, has blamed steep competition from low-cost imports from abroad for the closure.

A spokesperson for O'Kane's has said that the company, which processes meat and poultry products both for sale and for ingredients for other O'Kane products had been losing money for a number of years and was no longer viable.

The 40-strong workforce has already been informed by Oaktree Foods and talks are under way with union representatives, however it is understood that there are no positions available in the main O'Kane plant in Ballymena.

A spokesman for O'Kane's said: "We regret the need for these job losses, but competition is tougher and margins are lower than at any time in the history of our industry.

"Oaktree foods has been operating at a loss over recent years since the loss of a major contract with Morrison's."

Oaktree Foods is expected to close at the end of March.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

13 December 2013
Dog Food Meat Found In Human Food Chain
A government report has revealed that meat meant for dog food is thought to have ended up in the human food chain. The discovery was made in an "industrial-scale" fraud carried out in the region.
20 June 2011
Taste Of Ulster Gets Cash Boost
A £150,000 support package for several projects promoting the quality of local food - such as the successful Taste of Ulster scheme - has been announced by the Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill. The Minister made the announcement today as she met with one of the beneficiaries of the funding support, Food NI.
05 January 2007
Belfast food outlets to be rated online
Eating establishments in Belfast are soon to be rated on a new website to be set up by Belfast City Council. The website, which will be known as 'Scores on the Doors', will provide a facility for consumers to be able check whether the standard of the food served at the premises is up to scratch.
14 June 2004
Council issues food poisoning warning
With the barbecue season upon us, Belfast City Council has issued a timely reminder about the dangers of food poisoning.
10 June 2013
Food Safety Myths Dispelled
The belief in food safety myths could be putting Northern Ireland consumers at risk of food poisoning, according to a new report. Food safety myths – like using the ‘sniff test’ to tell whether food is safe – are being dispelled by the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland and safefood to coincide with Food Safety Week, 10 - 16 June.