TORONTO — It’s the end of an era at the corner of Lakeshore and Park Lawn in Toronto as Mondelēz Canada has announced the closing of its 625,000-sq.-ft. bakery, which began producing biscuits in 1948.
“While this was an appropriate location for a large bakery when it was first built, the significant residential development surrounding it has led to operating constraints that will become increasingly difficult with the further residential expansion underway,” said Alvaro Cuba, VP Operations for Mondelēz Canada, which manufacturers and markets brands such as Cadbury and Oreo.
“We have determined it is best to close the facility because it no longer supports our strategy of making the most efficient use of our manufacturing assets.”
The closure will affect approximately 550 employees, who have been given almost a year’s notice. “We’sre committed to treating our people fairly and working with them through this difficult time,” Cuba said.
The Lakeshore Bakery’s production will be moved to Mondelēz Canada bakeries in Montreal and East York, and the remainder will be split between other North American biscuit manufacturing facilities and co-manufacturers.