TORONTO — Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has announced plans to close its prepared meats facility in Surrey, British Columbia on Sept. 30.
“The closure of the Surrey plant is an important step towards consolidating our manufacturing at fewer, dedicated scale plants, resulting in reduced supply chain costs and better efficiencies,” says Rick Young, executive vice-president, Consumer Foods. “While necessary, we regret the impact on our skilled and dedicated employees. We will recognize their service and will support their transition to new employment.”The Surrey facility produces a variety of prepared meat products, including ham, sliced meats, sausage and deli products, primarily for retail and foodservice customers in Western Canada. The company will gradually wind down operations in May before closing in the fall. Production will be consolidated at Maple Leaf’s prepared meats facilities in Saskatoon, Manitoba and Ontario after some modest upgrades are completed.