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Campbell Soup Company Relocates Canadian Soup Production to Three U.S. Plants

Campbell Soup Company will move its Canadian headquarters and commercial operations to a new location in the Greater Toronto Area, and relocate production to three plants in the United States.

The company will transition its soup production to three U.S. thermal plants in Maxton, North Carolina; Napoleon, Ohio; and Paris, Texas.

According to company officials “several factors have resulted in excess capacity in Campbell’s North American thermal supply chain network, including significant productivity improvements and volume declines of canned soup in North America.”

“Following a review of its manufacturing operations, the company has made the decision to wind down manufacturing at its Toronto facility. Canadian soup and broth production will be consolidated into the company’s existing U.S. manufacturing network. Opened in 1931, Toronto is the oldest plant in the Campbell thermal network. Due to its size and age, the Toronto plant cannot be retrofit in a way that is competitively viable,” officials explained.

Campbell employs nearly 600 people in Toronto including its headquarters, commercial operations and manufacturing functions. Approximately 380 manufacturing and manufacturing-related roles will be impacted.

Mark Alexander, President, Americas Simple Meals and Beverages, said, “The decision to stop producing soup and broth in Canada was a difficult one. After a thorough review, we decided this was the best course of action for our business. We are operating in an increasingly challenging environment as our industry’s consumer and retail landscapes continue to change dramatically. This decision in no way reflects on the talent or dedication of our team at our Toronto facility, and we are committed to assisting them through this difficult transition.”

Campbell’s said it will offer affected employees support to assist with the transition by providing severance packages that recognize their commitment and service. The company will provide career counseling with employment advisors who can assist with job searches, resume writing and preparing for interviews.

Ana Dominguez, President of Campbell Canada, noted “Despite this decision, Canada is important to Campbell. We are remaining in Canada and will continue to make important contributions to the food industry in this country.”

Campbell will relocate its Canadian headquarters, along with nearly 200 roles, in the next several months. Site selection is underway for a new location in the Greater Toronto Area, which will feature a new Food Innovation Center. Campbell will continue to make soup and broth recipes tailored to Canadian tastes.

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