TORONTO, Oct. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Labatt Breweries of Canada today
announced it has been named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2014.
This is the first year Labatt has entered the prestigious competition,
which annually recognizes Canada's best places to work.
"Labatt is extremely honoured to be named as one of Canada's Top 100
Employers for 2014," says Agostino De Gasperis, Vice President of
People, Labatt Breweries of Canada. "This is a tribute to the
thousands of men and women who have made Labatt one of Canada's great
success stories. It takes high quality people to make high quality
beer and build a high quality company."
In 1847, Labatt's first brewery in London, Ontario produced close to
1,000 bottles of beer a year. Today, its 3,000 Canadian employees in
six breweries, four Beer Institutes, 15 sales offices, a head office in
Toronto, and 23 warehouses and distribution centres together brew and
market 60 of Canada's favourite brands.
"Over the course of our 166 year brewing heritage, Labatt has evolved
into a truly national brewer because our employees have never lost
sight of the fact that we're here to serve the people who enjoy our
beer and make a positive difference wherever we do business," said
Charlie Angelakos, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Labatt
Breweries of Canada. "From coast to coast, we are the brewers in
Canada's backyard, and unequivocally committed to our communities."
Labatt aims to be The Best Beer Company in a Better World by promoting responsible drinking, protecting the environment and
supporting local causes wherever it sees a need. Among the brewer's
many Canada-wide initiatives in 2013, Labatt employees hosted public
forums and organized local cleanups for World Environment Day, and took
to the streets in hundreds to encourage Canadians to celebrate the role
of designated drivers in the community.
Under the Labatt Volunteer Program, employees also volunteer for a host
of other worthy causes of their own choosing - from building houses in
third world countries to stocking shelves of local food banks. This
past summer, when storm surges flooded southern Alberta, Labatt flew a
team of employees from across the country to help with the relief
effort on the ground and donated thousands of cans of Labatt-produced
safe drinking water under the company's Disaster Relief Program.
Remarked De Gasperis, "Our Top 100 Employers win demonstrates that we
are continuing to add to our 166-year legacy of being a positive role
model for Canadian business. It comes down to our culture of giving
back and our commitment to quality in everything we do."
For the past century, Labatt has been a leader in employee benefits and
support. Labatt was among Canada's first companies to offer paid
statutory holidays, paid annual vacations, and a group insurance plan.
It was also a pioneer in establishing Safety Committees to promote
accident prevention. Historical records and artifacts related to these
Canadian firsts are contained in the Labatt Material Culture Collection
and The Labatt Brewing Company Archival Collection, which Labatt
donated to Museum London and University of Western Ontario in 2011 and
are together valued at $8.3 million.
Canada's Top 100 Employers are selected by the editors of Mediacorp, the
nation's largest publisher of employment-related periodicals and online
directories. The competition aims to identify the companies and
organizations that lead their industries in attracting and retaining
employees by evaluating entrants in eight key areas: (1) Physical
Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health, Financial & Family
Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee Communications; (6)
Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development; and (8)
About Labatt Breweries of Canada
Labatt Breweries is one of Canada's founding businesses and oldest
brewers. Founded by John Kinder Labatt in London Ontario in 1847,
Labatt today has more than 3,000 employees and six breweries across the
country and a portfolio of 60 quality beers. The company's regional
brands and iconic Canadian favourites include Alexander Keith's,
Kokanee, Labatt Blue (Bleue in Quebec), Budweiser and Bud Light. As
an integral part of Anheuser-Busch InBev, Labatt also sells
world-renowned beers such as Stella Artois and Beck's to consumers
across Canada. AB InBev is the world's leading brewer, and recognized
as first in the beverage industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most
Admired Companies list in 2013.
SOURCE: Labatt Breweries of Canada
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