LONGUEUIL, QC, July 25, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Agropur Cooperative is
pleased with the agreement reached between Ultima Foods management and
its 389 Granby (Qc.) unionized plant workers. Ultima Foods employees
approved the proposed four-year agreement this morning. Agropur CEO
Robert Coallier stated: "We are extremely satisfied of the outcome.
Throughout the negotiating process, both parties demonstrated the
sincere desire to reach an agreement and ensure production continuity,
as well as secure jobs and the future of the organisation".
Since 2012, Ultima Foods, - a joint venture owned by Agropur and
Agrifoods, two Canadian Co-operatives - has made significant
investments to launch the new iögo brand, with hopes of securing strong
market shares in the yogurt industry, ensuring efficiency at the Granby
plant and maintaining or even increasing the number of jobs in the
"The recent financial commitments with the iögo brand go to market
initiative is a testament to the trust we have in our Ultima Foods
employees and, thanks to their tireless efforts, we were able to be
part of one of the most successful product launches ever in the Québec
- or even Canada - food industry. With this agreement in place, we can
continue to work together as a team and make iögo the leading brand of
yogurt in the country," Mr. Coallier added.
Founded in 1938, Agropur is an important player in the North American
dairy industry. With sales of $3.8 billion, the Cooperative is a source
of pride for its 3,400 dairy producer owners and 6,000 employees.
Agropur processes more than 3.3 billion litres of milk per year in its
28 plants across Canada and the United States, and boasts an impressive
line of products that includes such prestigious brands as Natrel,
Québon, OKA, Farmers, Central Dairies, Sealtest, Island Farms, Agropur
Grand Cheddar, Olympic and iögo. Visit www.agropur.com
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