52 Britvic jobs to go in Northern Ireland

52 Britvic jobs to go in Northern Ireland

UK soft drinks maker Britvic is to make more than 50 job cuts in Northern Ireland.

Britvic confirmed today (22 March) that around 52 workers will lose their jobs.

Its move follows a decision by C&C Group not to renew its distribution and logistics contract with the UK-based soft drinks firm.

C&C recently bought the Irish unit of brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev and will now be using this to distribute its products in Northern Ireland.

A spokesperson for Britvic told just-drinks: “There is a consultation over 52 jobs in Northern Ireland as a result of C&C moving their logistics contracts. The consultation will be a month long."

She added: “There is a possibility that some of those jobs might transfer across to C&C but that is all going to be part of the consultation essentially.”

Britvic employs 139 people in east Belfast and 17 in Omagh.

Northern Ireland's employment minister, Reg Empey, said his department will “actively” help the workers find alternative employment.

“My department, whilst it cannot create jobs, will continue to work with those affected to examine all options open to them and help them make plans for the future," he said.