THE 75,000 workers sacked by Citigroup are to be bought by the multi-national food conglomerate Findus, it was confirmed last night.
The frozen food giant is understood to have offered around £2.20 a kilo in a deal worth £12.5 million.
Citigroup insisted the sale was an excellent result for shareholders and would help to offset redundancy payments to the workers' families.
Meanwhile Findus said the wholesale purchase of such a large number of redundancies could lead to a slight change in the flavour of the company's famous minced beef Crispy Pancakes.
A spokesman said: "Once the sale is finalised we will be able to process them very quickly.
"There will be nothing left that you could use for a funeral, as such, but the families can always buy a box of Crispy Pancakes and bury it in the back garden as a sort of symbolic gesture."
- If all 75,000 workers were laid end to end the line would stretch from Mansfield to Redditch via the M1 and M42.
- Together they would fill one Old Trafford, one-and-a-half White Hart Lanes or seven-and-a-half Glanford Parks (Scunthorpe United).
- Their total weight is 5700 metric tonnes, bone-in.
- This would produce enough meat for 10.9 million packets of sausages.
- The 33 acres of leftover skin would cover an area slightly larger than the Arndale Centre in Manchester.