Britvic has plans to close its soft drinks plant in Cork in a move that will result in 60 job losses over the next year.

Speaking to just-drinks today (15 January), a spokesperson for Britvic said that the staff at the Cork plant will be supported with "advice on issues such as pensions and financial planning" for the future.

Last Friday, Britvic Ireland announced that it plans to invest EUR7.6m (US$11.3m) in upgrading its Dublin-based facilities. The company added that the new facilities will cater for the increased production transferred from the planned closure of its Cork plant.

Britvic Ireland managing director Billy O' Regan said: "Over the coming days and weeks, we will meet with staff in Cork to discuss our proposals for the phased transfer of production to Dublin. As a management team, we are committed to assisting our Cork staff in identifying alternative employment and to providing appropriate replacement support."

The decision to consolidate the company's soft drinks manufacturing is part of a "broader range of procurement and marketing efficiencies", made by the Irish management, initially as a cost-saving initiative, Britvic said in a statement.
 
Britvic Ireland's portfolio includes brands such as Ballygowan, 7Up, Robinsons and Pepsi. The company has operations in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Donegal and Belfast.