Brexit job losses mount in food sector
100 jobs gone in mushroom farms and another 300 are in firing line
Published 13/09/2016 | 02:30
Up to 400 jobs are in the firing line at mushroom farms nationwide as Brexit claims its second victim within the sector.
Gorman Mushrooms at Garryhinch near Portarlington informed 30 staff yesterday morning that it was ceasing to operate.
The dramatic weakening of sterling following the UK's June vote was a key factor in the decision.
The owner of the family-run business that produces mushrooms exclusively for export spoke to his staff of plans to wind down the 30-year-old business.
Up to five other mushroom businesses are also predicted to close over the next seven weeks unless there is drastic intervention by the Government.
Over 70 jobs were lost when McDonald Mushrooms in Tipperary announced its closure last month.
"Brexit has had a devastating impact," said Donal McCarthy of the Commercial Mushroom Producers (CMP). "Some growers problems are exacerbated by the supply of poor quality compost."
Mr McCarthy said he is urgently negotiating survival packages for troubled growers, but he said the industry was in real trouble. "The whole industry is bleeding," he said.