23 employees laid off at Cavendish Farms

Colin MacLean
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NEW ANNAN – The Cavendish Farms plant in New Annan has laid off another 23 people today.

According to a statement from the company, the affected positions include 20 hourly employees and three staff positions. 

“Today, we are meeting with those impacted by this change to discuss their personal situations. Human Resources will provide support with outplacement services and assistance with Employment Insurance claims. The changes are effective immediately,” wrote Mary Keith, a spokesperson for parent company J.D. Irving Ltd.

She added that the hourly workers have the option of remaining on the recall list.

She pointed to increased competition from new potato product production capacity from North America and Europe as the reason for reduction.    

Today’s move follows the reduction of 60 positions from the plant in November.

The New Annan plant has employed more than 700 at its peak and operates year-round.

Organizations: Employment Insurance, J.D. Irving Ltd.

Geographic location: New Annan, North America, Europe

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  • irving is finished
    February 23, 2014 - 10:42

    Irving will be out of PEI within the next decade, if not sooner. It's not the cost of the employees but the cost of energy and the cost of potatoes. Energy isn't going down. They are trucking in natural gas but that price has gone through the roof in the last few weeks. And they have among the highest electricity cost in North America. A much bigger company than Cavendish Farms is J.R. Simplot in Idaho. They just closed 4 plants the same size as plant #2 and replaced them with 1 new plant, employing only 1/4 of the original work force. Plants in PEI can't compete with that and never will.

  • Just wondering
    February 21, 2014 - 14:32

    I thought Cavendish Farms hired back some of the workers they laid off in November. I feel terrible for the people who've heard they will be laid off in this latest round. I also can't help but wonder if it's just a coincidence that the timing of the layoffs comes at the same time as the company is negotiating with farmers for the 2014 processing potato contracts. No one mentions that the dollar is helping the company, but they sure talked about it being a big negative when our dollar was rising. Ask questions.

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    February 21, 2014 - 11:01

    Well Government needs to remember this when they come knocking with hand out looking for more money . Last time the loan was supposedly for to make improvements an lower costs ,looks like they didn't work as more jobs got cut . That's a lot of jobs taken out of the economy this year ,private and Government both federal and provincial . Yet they continue to raise taxes and fees . Were do they think the money will come from to cover all these losses . The poor just keep getting poorer an the fat cats just keep getting fatter using the poor taxpayers money .

  • Dirty Politics
    February 21, 2014 - 08:09

    How much do you want to bet the Irving's will keep eliminating jobs on the Island until Government approves their deep wells.

  • johnthames
    February 21, 2014 - 07:08

    Just another reason they should not get their deep water wells.

  • Cheap Labor
    February 20, 2014 - 21:44

    Increased competition....my _ss. This is code for lets get rid of some good paying jobs for Islanders and replace them with cheap foreign labor and pay minimum wage. This should improve the bottom line. Thanks for nothing Irvings. Is that all the gratitude you have for the hundreds of thousands of taxpayers money you've received from Island governments in interest free loans over the years. Shame, shame shame.

  • Time
    February 20, 2014 - 16:49

    Time for another grant lol