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Written Statement  - Avana Bakeries

Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport 

On Friday 7 February, Avana Bakery in Rogerstone announced that they were entering into a 45-day consultation period.   This is obviously a very worrying time for staff and their families.

Avana Bakery was acquired by 2 Sisters Food Group Ltd in 2011 and employs 650 staff in the production of supermarket own label cakes.  

80% of the turnover of the site is currently attributable to business with Marks & Spencer (M&S).    

The Welsh Government is continuing to work with 2 Sisters Food Group to explore every option that could safeguard the jobs at Rogerstone. We will also be ensuring that all employees are fully supported through this difficult period.  The company has underlined its commitment to its staff and the Welsh Government will continue to work closely with senior management to investigate any new business and employment opportunities.