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Paramount Foods on Deeside cuts last 200 pizza jobs

Paramount Foods Ltd
Image caption Paramount Foods opened in 1998 at a former Heinz sauce plant

Production is to cease at a pizza factory in Flintshire next week with the loss of 200 jobs, say union chiefs.

Nearly 120 people have already lost their jobs at Paramount Foods on the Deeside Industrial Park after the firm went into administration last month.

But a deal to sell the firm has now fallen through.

The workforce was told by the joint administrators Duff and Phelps that production would end on 30 November, according to the GMB union.

Production at a sister plant in Salford, which bakes the pizza bases, will end on Wednesday.

Paramount Foods employed 312 people on the Deeside Industrial Park.

It went into administration after losing a major contract.

The firm is one the UK's largest producers of chilled and frozen pizzas.

Mark Jones, regional organiser for the GMB union, confirmed that production would cease in Flintshire next week.

Paramount had moved to Deeside in 1998, with plans to become one of the largest pizza-making centres of Europe, after taking over a mothballed Heinz sauce manufacturing plant.

Flintshire council has said it will do what it can to support local workers who need to find new employment.

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