Belfast Telegraph

Musgrave to lay off 80 workers

By Sarah Stack

Musgrave cash and carry yesterday confirmed 80 workers based on both sides of the border faced redundancy.

The company blamed the drop in custom suffered in the hospitality sector during the recession for its decision.

A total of 25 jobs will go at its Belfast operation.

A further 55 posts will be cut in the south — including 15 in Cork, 14 in Killarney and 26 at depots in Dublin, Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Donegal.

Martin Kelleher, managing |director of Musgrave Wholesale Partners, said discussions were held with employees last week about reshaping its cash and carry business.

He said the restructuring |reflected changes in the market which has seen the hospitality sector fall by 15-20% and the retail market by 7% in 2009.

“We have made every effort to minimise job losses and will be working closely with union representatives and staff through the consultation process,” said Mr Kelleher.

“Reshaping our business will bring lower prices for consumers and an enhanced service for our customers across the island of Ireland which will position the business for long term future growth.”

Roles will be cut in the firm's cash and carry business and food services sector — which delivers frozen, chilled and fresh produce to hotels, pubs and clubs from its distribution depot in Ballymun and sub-distribution depots in Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast.

The company is beginning a period of consultation with unions and staff, and every effort was being made to redeploy staff within the firm and give support where needed.

Musgrave Wholesale Partners, which employs 1,144 people across 13 depots, said it will continue to focus on delivering supply chain efficiencies, improved service and value to customers.

Belfast Telegraph