Posted: 10/10/2013

Womersley moves out of Yorkshire after production difficulties

Fruit and herb vinegar specialist Womersley will move its operation south in the New Year after the sudden closure of its North Yorkshire production partner.

In a letter to the company’s customers, owner Rupert Parsons said that “insurmountable problems” had forced the “unexpected” shutdown but added that Womersley is already close to securing a new supplier in the South.

Parsons, who took over the business from his parents in 2009, will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the business with his wife Jani from January and will be based at his Cotswolds home.

Although production is currently halted, Womersley was able to recover all of its stock and Parsons hopes that the firm will be back in full production before the end of the year.

“Fortunately we have already found a new production partner based in the south of England who will continue to make our special fruit and herb vinegars by hand,” said Parsons. “This company has an excellent, longstanding reputation for high quality and reliability and it is highly probable that they will be able to meet our demanding quality standards.”

Parsons pledged to inform all customers of a start date as soon as the new co-packing agreement was finalised.

“We will be working hard to retain our Yorkshire heritage but we also hope to spread the word of Womersley vinegars outside Yorkshire more effectively,” he added.

The company has been based in the county ever since it was founded in 1979 by Martin and Aline Parsons at their, then, family home Womersley Hall.

Due to the relocation, sales and marketing manager Wendy Preston and administration manager Sue Bartram – both based in Yorkshire – will leave the business in December.

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