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A truck leaves the Cavendish Farms french fry plant in New Annan, Prince Edward Island.
[New Annan, PEI]‚Äď Cavendish Farms has announced that 60 people are being laid off today (Nov. 7) from the potato processing plant in New Annan (Prince Edward Island).
It says the changes are in response to increased production capacity from both North America and European competitors.
The following statement was emailed to the Journal Pioneer today:
‚ÄúWe are committed to sustaining a successful processing business here on the Island, and this means responding to the competitive realities we face‚ÄĚ said Ron Clow, vice president of Cavendish Farms.
‚ÄúOver the past summer we undertook a rigorous review to evaluate the current production of French fries at this site. We identified some areas that demonstrated a clear and present need to improve efficiencies and reduce costs. This has meant some tough decisions.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWe have worked hard to minimize the impact on our employees through early retirement options and reassignments,‚ÄĚ said Clow.
‚ÄúRegrettably the change required also means reducing our hourly production team by 60 people, effective today. Human Resources is providing support with outplacement services and assistance with Employment Insurance claims. We are making every effort to assist those impacted with early retirement and severance packages, exceeding the requirements of our collective agreements and provincial regulations.‚ÄĚ