Mexican-style sauce, pickles and peppers producer B&G Foods is to close its Louisiana plant and move its operations to other exisiting facilities in an attempt to be more efficient.
The company announced on Tuesday that it would close its manufacturing and warehouse facility in New Iberia, Louisiana and move the operations to B&G Foods' other existing plants.
The New Iberia plant manufactures Trappey's hot sauces and peppers and is B&G Foods' only facility in Louisiana.
"Our decision to close the New Iberia plant is consistent with B&G Foods' ongoing efforts to optimize production capacity, improve productivity and operating efficiencies and lower overall costs," said David Wenner, B&G Foods' chief executive officer.
The plant is scheduled to close around 1 July this year, with all eligible employees being offered severance and assistance to find new employment.
The company will be reporting its fourth quarter results next week and will comment about this closure on that occasion, spokesperson John Flanagan told FoodNavigatorUSA.com.
B&G will hold a conference call to discuss the Q4 results next Wednesday, 2 March 2005, at 5:00 pm ET. The call will be hosted by the CEO, Wenner, and Robert Cantwell, the firm's chief financial officer.
B&G Foods, headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, manufacture and sell its foods across the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, marketing them under well recognized brands such as Brer Rabbit, Maple Grove Farms of Vermont and Underwood.