Greggs sausage rolls

Source: Greggs

Greggs has stopped production at its factory in Newcastle after a ‘small number’ of staff tested positive for Covid-19.

The factory in Balliol Business Park in Longbenton, North Tyneside was forced to send its staff home last week when a ‘small number’ of its 300 workers tested positive for coronavirus.

Although its pastry production has come to a halt, supplies have not been impacted, said the firm.

The Newcastle factory produces a range of savoury bakes, including sausage rolls, steak bakes and bacon & cheese wraps.

“Following a small number of colleagues having tested positive for Covid-19 at our Balliol manufacturing facility, we have taken the decision to temporarily stop production as a precautionary measure to keep our teams as safe as possible,” said a spokesperson for Greggs.

Supplies are expected to reach 2,025 Greggs shops around the country, it added. It is looking to reopen as soon as possible in a safe manner.

“We are now working closely with the local Health Protection Team to ensure that we minimise any possible impact to the wider community in Newcastle and the surrounding areas. We do not forsee any stock shortage in our shops at this time.”

A small number of cases of Covid-19 were also recorded at Greggs distribution centre in Bramley, near Leeds, at the start of this month resulting in the temporary closure of the depot.

Other bakery manufacturing plants have also suffered from Covid-19 outbreaks, including Pladis, Greencore and Mr Kipling.