Samworth Brothers is planning to close Cornwall-based desserts and cakes manufacturer Kensey Foods.The company, which owns brands including Ginsters and West Cornwall Pasty Co, has begun formal consultation with the 650 staff at the operation, which it plans to close by the end of July.Operating from an 11-acre site in Launceston, Kensey Foods makes desserts, including custard tarts, cream cakes, fruit pies, crumbles, tarts and sponge puddings for UK retailers.Samworth said that, despite significant financial investment and hard work, Kensey had been loss-making for the past six years.“When combined, the investments and annual losses have added up to tens of millions of pounds, and this is not sustainable for any business,” it stated.Samworth added that the age and capability of the plant meant significant additional capital investment would be required, which it did not consider commercially viable. The company hopes to redeploy a “good number” of affected staff to The Cornwall Bakery in Callington, where Ginsters pasties are produced, or other Samworth locations.Last year, Samworth closed the Brooklands Bakery, which had previously been part of the Euphorium bakery business owned by Tesco. Samworth said that, despite significant investment, Brooklands had continued to operate at a loss.In November, Samworth announced it was to acquire 2 Sisters Food Group’s Manton Wood sandwich business, which was formerly part of Solway Foods.Also last year, Andy Stapley left his role as managing director at Kensey Foods to take up the position of chief executive at bakery ingredients supplier Macphie.
VAN NUYS – A man convicted last month in the stabbing deaths of a West Hills couple in their 70s is scheduled to be sentenced today. Gregory Douglas Miner, 32, is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole when he appears before Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Barry A. Taylor. Miner was convicted Nov. 29 of first-degree murder for the February 2001 slayings of 76-year-old World War II veteran William Lasky and his 74-year- old wife, Bertha. He also was found guilty of robbery and burglary, along with the special circumstance allegations of murder during the course of a robbery and burglary. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMiner was arrested in August 2001 on an unrelated offense and made statements implicating himself in the deaths, authorities said. He was charged with murdering the two in January 2004, about a week before he was due to be released from Avenal State Prison in central California. The Laskys, who had been married nearly 53 years, had just returned from a vacation cruise when they were killed. Investigators said Miner, and possibly two other people, entered the couple’s home in the 7200 block of Pomelo Drive after they saw Bertha Lasky leave to go shopping. William Lasky was confronted at knifepoint as the intruders ransacked the home, and his wife was attacked when she returned home some time later. Lasky was stabbed three times in the chest and his wife’s throat was slit, authorities said. Firefighters discovered the victims dead in their master bedroom when they responded to what they believed was a residential fire. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!