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Union calls for Trigon Snacks aid 7 October 2013

Workers union Unite has called for Governmental aid in protecting jobs at insolvent peanut manufacturer Trigon Snacks.

The Liverpool-based firm entered administration on 10 September, with David Whitehouse and Steven Muncaster of Duff & Phelps appointed as joint administrators.

The union has called on the administrators to “do everything possible” to preserve the company’s remaining 110 jobs, and remind the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to bear in mind taxpayer-owned RBS’s role as a creditor.

Unite regional officer Franny Joyce said: “Sixty four loyal workers have already been sacked. It is vital that administrator Duff & Phelps does everything possible to retain these much needed jobs in Liverpool and allows business secretary Vince Cable to look into the role RBS has played as a creditor in this affair.

“This is a viable company with cash flow problems and with the right owner the company has a long term future.”

German company Intersnacks, the new owner of KP Nuts, has been identified as a possible buyer, however, Unite have raised concerns over a possible takeover.

Joyce said: “We know there are a number of parties interested in acquiring this business, and some are committed to retaining the business in Liverpool.

“However, should Intersnack purchase the company, we fear they may only focus on the machinery and the brands, and close the site.”

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