March 26, 2020, Markham, Ont. – Sofina Foods Inc., a privately-owned manufacturer of primary and further processed protein products, is taking steps to help its employees in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company is giving premium pay to front-line employees and making donations to various charities.
“I am incredibly proud of, and grateful for, the passion and dedication of Sofina Foods’ employees during this pandemic,” company founder and executive chairman Michael Latifi said in a press release. “We are working very hard to balance two critical objectives: the first is taking care of our people and ensuring their safety at work; the second is that we must continue to provide quality food products to our communities in this significant time of need.”
Sofina Foods has given all its front-line employees in production and distribution a $2-per-hour premium pay. The company is also providing all of its employees a turkey to enjoy with their family during the upcoming holiday.
Through the Sofina Foundation, the company has extended additional support to Canadian communities by significantly increasing its donations to food banks and local charities across the country over the last few weeks to help feed those who are experiencing hardship during these uncertain times.
“There is no question the past couple of weeks have been challenging for everyone,” said Robert Wilt, president and CEO of Sofina Foods. “We understand the essential role our employees play in ensuring the continued supply of safe, quality food to Canadians. We are proud of that responsibility and we take it very seriously.”
Sofina employs about 5,000 people at locations across the country.
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