Typhoo Tea Limited has announced plans to restructure the business meaning the closure of the tea packing and blending site in Moreton.
The company has said that this will “protect the future of one of Britain’s oldest brands.”
Dame Angela Eagle, MP for Wallasey, said, “The news that Typhoo is planning on closing its Moreton factory is devastating for the local community & the workforce at Typhoo.
“The loss of the majority of jobs and the export of processing abroad is incredibly disappointing. Typhoo has been processing tea in Moreton for 45 years and has employed generations of local people.
“I hope that even at this late stage they might reconsider this decision. I am working closely with all involved to urge Typhoo to think again, keep the factory open and save local jobs.”
The restructure includes the closure of its ageing tea blending and packing site in Moreton in June 2023 which will result in up to 90 job losses. The company is actively exploring options for a new site and re-employment, but it will be at least one year before a suitable location is ready.
Typhoo Tea Limited Executive Chairman Mike Brehme commented, “Unfortunately the spiralling cost of energy and materials, alongside low levels of productivity achievable at the Moreton factory, make it necessary to close the loss-making site.
“We are actively exploring options for a new site, but it will be some time before a suitable location is identified, fitted out and ready.
“Sadly, we anticipate this resulting in approximately 90 job losses at Moreton. I would like to thank all colleagues who have contributed so much in recent, challenging times and we will do all that we can to assist everyone affected by this announcement.
“With the support of third-party packers, we have a robust plan in place to meet the demand for Typhoo products, ensuring supplies to customers continue uninterrupted.
“The regrettable but necessary changes allow Typhoo to realign its ambitions and refocus on the customer whilst ensuring the same high level of service and great quality tea you expect from one of the UK’s oldest and most recognised brands.
“2023 marks the milestone of 120 years of Typhoo Tea. These changes allow us to set the business up for the next generation of discerning tea drinkers.”
Those people who remain in the business will relocate to a hub to oversee the day-to-day management of the restructured organisation.