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Heinz Canada says it will pay tomato growers $1.8 million

Goodwill payment will go to growers who supplied to Leamington, Ont. plant

January 31, 2014   Food in Canada

Toronto, Ont. – H.J Heinz Co. has announced it will pay $1.8 million to 43 tomato growers who supplied product to its Leamington, Ont. processing facility, as compensation for the plant’s scheduled closure this June.

 

According to a report on cbc.ca, the goodwill payment “would help offset costs incurred by some growers who had already begun to prepare for next year’s tomato crop.”

 

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The report cites John Mumford, general manager of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers, as saying that all 43 growers have approved the agreement, noting: “It’s an extremely fair settlement and growers seem pleased with it.”

 

Ontario growers supplied more than 200,000 tons of tomatoes to the Leamington plant each year. The facility officially closes June 27.


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