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No soup for you!

Unilever moving soup production from Brampton to Missouri.

May 8, 2014
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Affecting some 280 employees, Unilever Canada announced on May 8, 2014 that it will halt manufacturing operations at its Brampton, Ont. plant.

Since opening in 1963, the Unilever Canada Lipton dry soup and side-dish production and packaging plant in Brampton, Ont., has had many expansions and upgrades, as it at one time produced over 150 different varieties of dry mix soups, sauces, sides and gravy under the Lipton and Knorr brands.

Despite Unilever having yearly produced over 30 million cases of packaged products at the Brampton plant, it says that a strategic review of the dry mix category in North America justifies the decision.

Approximately 80 per cent of the products manufactured at the Canadian plant were destined for U.S. customers, Unilever decided to take the business closer to its consumers, to a plant in Independence, Missouri.

Plant production will end Q4, 2015, with full plant closure to occur in March 2016.

Unilever still believes in the viability of its Canadian operations, and notes it has made recent significant investments at plants in Simcoe and Etobicoke.

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