Citing “current market conditions,” Agropur Cooperative says it will close its fluid milk plant in Winnipeg this September.
The company will transfer operations to its facilities in Burnaby and Victoria, British Columbia and Edmonton, Alberta. Forty-eight employees will be impacted by the closure.
“Unfortunately, the level of investment required to maintain the plant's competitiveness in the coming years was becoming too high,” said Agropur CEO Émile Cordeau, in a press release.
“We are making this strategic decision to optimize our consumer milk network in Western Canada. This will help simplify our business model and ensure our competitiveness,” Cordeau added.
Employees affected by the closure can seek employment opportunities at other Agropur sites, or will have access to severance packages, and the employee and family assistance program.