view current print edition





Del Monte to restructure, closing four production facilities

Del Monte Foods announced plans to divest production facilities, closing or selling operations in four states. Del Monte Foods, Inc. is not affiliated with Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc.

Facilities to be closed are located at Sleepy Eye, MN, and Mendota, IL. Production will cease at these facilities at the end of the current pack season. In addition, Del Monte's Cambria, WI, facility will be sold as an operating facility after completion of pack. The company will also be selling manufacturing assets at its Crystal City, TX, facility and intends to transfer production at this site to outside locations later this year.

Production at these locations will be primarily transitioned to other Del Monte production facilities in the United States. These facility closures offer Del Monte the ability to fully utilize the capacity of its existing production facilities and increase its focus on branded growth and innovation.

"This decision has been difficult and has come after careful consideration. This restructuring is a necessary step for us to remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace. Our asset-light strategy will lead to more efficient and lower cost operations," said Joselito D. Campos Jr., managing director and chief executive officer of Del Monte Pacific Ltd. "We are committed to doing all we can to provide the affected employees with resources and support."