Ralcorp to close NY facilities

Ralcorp to close NY facilities

Ralcorp Holdings, the own-label group soon to be swallowed by ConAgra Foods, has confirmed it will close two manufacturing plants in New York state.

A Ralcorp spokesperson confirmed to just-food today (4 January) that the firm will close its Silver Creek and Dunkirk facilities. The plants produce cookies and a range of syrups, juice and pourable dressings respectively.

Up to 375 jobs could be lost following the closures, although Ralcorp has declined to put a figure on prospective job losses for the time being. "We are not prepared to make further comment at this time," the spokesperson said.

The move comes amid ConAgra's US$6.8bn takeover of Ralcorp, which was agreed in November and is expected to clear in March.

"This clearly puts the ConAgra-Ralcorp combination as the number one with US$4.5bn in sales," said ConAgra's sales president, Doug Knudsen, in an interview with just-food.