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XL Foods Inc. sacks 1,000 workers

Beef processor cuts jobs at Alberta and Idaho facilities


Calgary, Alta. – XL Foods Inc. has let more than 1,000 employees go – approximately 500 from its Calgary plant and 500 more from its Nampa, Idaho facility.

XL Foods is part of the Calgary, Alta.-based Nilsson Bros. Group, with facilities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nebraska and Idaho. The layoffs affect its XL Meats and XL Beef units.

According to the Calgary Herald, XL Foods’ CFO Patrick Bieleny says the layoffs are the result of a decrease in cattle supply in Western Canada. Challenging competitive conditions in the market are also to blame.

Both facilities will close in early June, although the beef processor expects them to resume operations in the fall when cow herds are generally larger.