A Quebec ice cream processing plant absorbed in 2017 by Canada's
biggest dairy co-operative will shut its doors in about 10 months' time.
Agropur Co-operative announced Friday it plans to close the former
Les Aliments Lebel plant at Lachute, Que., just northwest of Montreal,
in August 2020 and transfer the plant's operations to other Agropur
The co-op said the plant closure, which is expected to affect 177
employees, is meant to allow Agropur to "optimize its ice cream
manufacturing operations," as it "needs to make the requisite efforts in
a highly competitive market."
The Lachute plant, which makes ice cream and frozen novelties, was
run by Les Aliments Lebel until 2015, when that company was taken over
by Truro, N.S.-based Scotsburn Co-operative Services. The Lachute plant
at the time was Quebec's largest for making ice cream and frozen
Agropur in turn bought Scotsburn in early 2017,
including its plants at Truro and Lachute and the Scotsburn brand name.
That deal was announced in 2016 but was delayed pending approval from
the federal Competition Bureau.
After closing that deal, Agropur "made a strategic decision to
concentrate its ice cream manufacturing operations at two other Canadian
facilities" in Truro and Edmonton, the co-operative said Friday.
Longueuil, Que.-based Agropur said Friday it's "aware of the impact this decision will have."