Del Monte to lay off 844 workers, close plants in major supply chain shift

Supply Chain Dive | August 21, 2019

Del Monte to lay off 844 workers, close plants in major supply chain shift
Del Monte Pacific Limited is closing three production facilities that produce canned vegetables, resulting in layoffs of 188 full-time employees and 656 seasonal employees, in a transition to what executives call an "asset-light strategy," a company spokesperson told Food Dive. Facilities in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota and Mendota, Illinois will shut on or around June 2020, the company told Food Dive. A facility in Crystal City, Texas closed Tuesday and the company plans to sell another in Cambria, Wisconsin. Production will transition from the closing plants to six U.S. Del Monte production facilities. "This decision is difficult and has come after careful consideration," the company said in a statement to Food Dive. This restructuring is a necessary step for us to remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace. Our asset-light strategy will lead to more efficient and lower cost operations.

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