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Mustard maker Colman to leave its manufacturing base in Norwich after 160 years

Mustard maker Colman’s is to leave its base in Norwich where the condiment has been produced for 160 years.

Colman’s, which employs 113 people at its site in the city, will move its production to Burton-on-Trent and Germany. The GMB union described the closure as “absolutely devastating news”.

The union said 43 jobs would be transferred to the Burton site, with 20 moving to a new facility opening in Norwich for milling mustard seeds.

Fears of a closure had been raised when Britvic, which shares the site in Carrow with Colman’s, announced in October it was leaving and transferring its production of Robinsons and Fruit Shoot elsewhere in the UK.

Colman’s said in December it had reviewed its operations in light of Britvic’s closure proposal.

‘Difficult news’

The firm, which has been making mustard at the site since 1858, became part of Unilever’s Van Den Bergh Foods in 1995.

Unilever said in a statement it recognised it would be “difficult news” for staff and the people of Norwich but added it was “committed to supporting” its employees.

The factory is due to close at the end of next year.

Unilever said the vast majority of products currently made in Norwich would still be produced in the UK, with only the packing of dry sauce mixes switching to Germany.

It said it would also be keeping the “Colman’s of Norwich” part of its branding.