A week after announcing the closure of its milk plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Quebec giant Agropur is selling its milk transportation activities in Quebec and Nova Scotia.
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“We abandoned our bulk milk transportation activities in Quebec and Nova Scotia. This is part of an absolutely sensitive strategic reflection between our members,” confirmed in an interview with magazine, Monday, Emile Cordo, CEO of Agropur, which achieved sales of $7.7 billion last year.
Last Tuesday, the Quebec cooperative announced the closure of its liquid milk plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which should rhyme with the loss of 48 jobs next September.
overall not very important
Barely a week later, the ax fell once again within its bulk milk transportation department in Quebec and Nova Scotia.
“We only transported 9% of our members’ milk to Quebec, so in size, it was not important to Agropur. It is not our strength to transport milk. Our strength lies in converting dairy products,” said mile Cordo, Agropur No. One explained in an interview at his head office.
about 45 sorties
In Quebec, about 11 people are at risk of losing their jobs and some 75 will be relocated to new buyers, who have not been named.
In Nova Scotia, at the end of June, a new agreement reached by Nova Scotia’s dairy farmers will also lay off more than 34 people.
“It is not an easy and sensitive decision, but it is for the stability of Agropur,” said Emile Cordo.
On Monday, Mr Cordo did not specify the volume of the transaction, citing a “marginal” amount.
For now, Agropur retains its milk transportation activities in New Brunswick.
Recall that last December, French multinational Lactalis swallowed yogurts from the Quebec cooperative Olympique and its plant in Iago, Granby, and its distribution center in Longueil.
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