ConAgra Foods is Laying off 150 Employees
Famous packaged-foods company ConAgra Brands Inc is laying off up to 150 employees at its Milton, Pennsylvania plant.
An estimated 625 employees are currently employed at the Milton plant. The layoffs will be taking place over the next several months. Approximately 140–150 employees are expected to be handed pink slips.
The plant where the layoffs are taking place is the only one that manufactures products for ConAgra’s “Chef Boyardee” brand. The brand is widely known for its canned Italian pasta products—like spaghetti, ravioli, and macaroni—and for its pizza sauce. (Source: Ibid.)
Earlier this year, the company laid off hundreds of sales employees after it outsourced its sales operations to a company in Florida.
CEO Shakes up Company to Improve Efficiency
ConAgra CEO Sean Connolly, who took charge of the company in April 2016, is leaving no stones unturned to increase the company’s profitability.
The layoffs are a part of the restructuring effort announced in October under the new CEO. The company aims to trim down its selling, general, and administrative expenses (SG&A) by cutting its extra workforce. The smaller expenses will allow the company to deliver higher profit numbers.
In an effort to make the company leaner and more efficient, the CEO has spun off parts of the business, revamped old brands, and acquired some new brands. In the process, hundreds of employees have been sent home, while some new hiring has taken place.
The layoffs come after the Illinois-based company was given tax breaks from the state government so Illinois could boost its economy and create jobs. However, the company has cut its workforce roughly in half since September 2015.
ConAgra is a public company that trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), and receives strict market scrutiny. The company manufactures popular food products including frozen meals, cooking oils, peanut butter, and cocoa. Famous brands under the ConAgra umbrella include “Hunt’s,” “Healthy Choice,” and “Reddi-wip.” ConAgra competes with big names like Kraft Heinz Co and Mondelez International Inc. (Source: Ibid.)
“Up to 150 to lose jobs at ConAgra’s Chef Boyardee plant in Milton,” Penn Live, June 2, 2017.)“ConAgra sales force layoffs in March will affect several hundred workers,” Omaha World-Herald, January 22, 2016.