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Campbell Soup Canada Looking for New HQ

Company Closes Toronto Manufacturing Facility, Cans 380 Workers but Will Move Another 200 to Next Location
January 24, 2018
The Campbell Soup Co. is serving up layoffs at its manufacturing facility in Toronto, blaming productivity improvements and a decline in canned soup sales.

As part of the decision to close the Toronto location at 60 Birmingham St. to improve the operational efficiency of its North American thermal supply chain network, Campbell plans to move its Canadian headquarters and commercial operations to a new location in the Greater Toronto Area.

"Today is a tough day. We are committed to treating our employees with the respect and fairness they deserve. Despite this decision, Canada is important to Campbell. We are remaining in Canada and will continue to make important contributions to the food industry in this country," said Ana Dominguez, president of Campbell Canada, in a statement.

Campbell employs almost 600 people in Toronto, and the plant closure impacts about 380 manufacturing and manufacturing-related roles.

The company plans to relocate its Canadian headquarters, almost 200 jobs, in the next several months. It said site selection has begun in the GTA for the location, which will feature a new food innovation centre.

"Campbell will continue to make soup and broth recipes tailored to Canadian tastes," the company said in the release. "The decision to stop manufacturing in Toronto is part of a previously-announced cost savings initiative."

The Toronto plant opened in 1931 and is the oldest in the Campbell thermal network. Campbell said due to its size and age, the Toronto plant cannot be retrofitted in a way that is competitively viable. Campbell plans to operate the Toronto facility for up to 18 months and will close it in phases,
transitioning its production to three U.S. thermal plants in Maxton, North Carolina; Napoleon, Ohio; and Paris, Texas.

"The decision to stop producing soup and broth in Canada was a difficult one. After a thorough review, we decided this was the best course of action for our business. We are operating in an increasingly challenging environment as our industry's consumer and retail landscapes continue to change dramatically. This decision in no way reflects on the talent or dedication of our team at our Toronto facility, and we are committed to assisting them through this difficult transition," said Mark Alexander, president, Americas simple meals and beverages, in a statement.

Garry Marr, Toronto Market Reporter  CoStar Group   
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