Candy maker Haribo has confirmed it wants to cut jobs at one of its UK factories in Yorkshire.
The German company employs 732 people at the Castleford and Pontefract sites, but declined to say how many jobs are likely to disappear.
A local adviser said he understood that around 200 jobs could be created at the Pontefract site.
The company said it faces an increasingly competitive market and rising costs and has launched a consultation.
Tom Gordon, a Liberal Democrat adviser to the Wakefield council, said he understood employees were told of possible job losses on Friday.
“A number of residents have already been in contact and are deeply concerned about what this means for them and their families,” he said.
Mr Gordon said the region could not afford to lose jobs on this scale.
Haribo’s UK chief executive Jon Hughes said the move was designed to protect the company’s long-term future in Yorkshire and was not taken lightly.
“The UK has become a center of manufacturing excellence in the Haribo global network. But to protect this position, we have to respond to a significant increase in costs and the demands of a highly competitive market, ”he said.
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