After almost half a century in Tamworth, Cargill has decided to close its malting factory.
The Leader understands about 12 jobs will be affected when the plant closes its doors at the end of May.
The company said it made “difficult decision” due to the “changing customer landscape in Australia and a very competitive beer market”.
“While a number of positions at the plant will be made redundant as a result of the ceasing of operations our priority is to support all affected employees and, where possible, offer redeployment options,” a Cargill spokesperson said.
The factory has been supplying Australian-based beer companies for 48 years, and produces about 40,000 tonnes a year. The company said production of malt in NSW will continue at its Sydney plant in Minto.