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Bakery closure will have 'significant implications' for food chain

Chief minister says announcement came as a 'complete surprise'

The chief minister says the closure of Ramsey Bakery will have 'significant implications' for the Island's food supply chain.

Alfred Cannan told Manx Radio the company's announcement - that it's closing at the end of April - came as a 'complete surprise'.

Ramsey Bakery says it's facing pressure 'on many fronts' and there is no 'realistic option but to cease trading'.

It adds that raw material costs have 'escalated at an unprecedented rate' and rising energy costs are having a 'significant impact' due to the nature of production.

Mr Cannan says it's something government has to take seriously:

Ramsey Bakery has declined Manx Radio's invitation to comment. 

It has, however, shared the following statement on it's Facebook page: 

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