Canadian Manufacturing

Dairy giants Saputo and Agropur announce job cuts in Atlantic Canada

The two dairy producers are cutting a combined 346 jobs in Nova Scotia, new Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador

January 12, 2017  by The Canadian Press

With 25 plants in Canada and 55 worldwide, Saputo is Canada’s largest dairy

MONTREAL—Canada’s two largest dairy processors are laying off 346 employees in Atlantic Canada.

Agropur Dairy Co-operative is cutting 62 full-time and 97 part-time workers in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador, effective April 1.

Saputo Inc. is laying off 66 full-time and 121 part-time employees in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Both companies say the workers stocked store shelves with their merchandise, and the change will bring their approach in line with how dairy processors handle orders and deliver their products to grocery stores elsewhere in Canada.


Generally, retailers have their own staff stock store shelves.

Neither Quebec-based company would say how much money would be saved by the change.