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Sobeys lays off 41 employees from Lucerne Foods Winnipeg

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Sobeys Inc. says it will be closing an ice cream and cheese production facility in Winnipeg this August, and moving production to Edmonton

Winnipeg, Man. – Sobeys Inc. is closing its Lucerne Foods Winnipeg manufacturing operation this August, leaving about 50 employees out of work.

The employees earn $22 to $26 per hour producing ice cream and cheese for Safeway stores, reports The plant also includes a grocery and produce area, which will continue to operate.

The ice cream and cheese production will be transferred to an ice cream plant in Edmonton.

Sobeys purchased Canada Safeway in June 2013 and at the time had said it would retain Safeway workers.

John Graham, the public affairs director for Safeway stores for Sobeys, told that the company had been evaluating the financial viability of the plant and felt it was an opportunity to improve efficiencies.

Graham went onto say that there are no plans for additional closures.

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