Mondelez to close Montreal cookie and cracker factory

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Confectionary giant Mondelez has decided to shut down its cookie and cracker plant in Montreal, Canada by 2017.

The move is expected to affect 454 jobs at the facility, reported The Globe snd Mall.

Almost all of the plant’s production will be shifted to Toronto while the remainder of its operations will be carried out by the company’s factory in Portland, Oregon.

The Montreal factory manufactures Christie brand products that include Ritz crackers and Oreo cookies among others.

Mondelez Canada spokeswoman Stephanie Cass was quoted the publication as saying: “Over the next few days and weeks, we look forward to sitting down with the union representatives to discuss severance arrangements.”

Cass confirmed that the remaining five plants of Mondelez in Canada will be unaffected.

The decision taken will not be reversed by the global confectionary even if it is offered any financial assistance from the provincial government, Cass said.

Economy Minister Dominique Anglade has denied getting any request for financial aid from the company.

Anglade said: “We are very open at looking into what we can do with the company but I don’t think it will respond to their needs.”

The Montreal plant closure will be gradually phased out until 2017 end, the company spokeswoman.

Cass was quoted by Global News as saying: “Right now, our focus actually turns to our employees and doing what we can do to support them.”