Canada's largest dairy processor Saputo has announced it will close two plants and cuts 144 jobs to consolidate its Canadian manufacturing operations.


A Vancouver cheese plant will close on 31 March, while a cutting and wrapping plant near Montreal will shut down on 2 June.


Saputo has also closed cheese plants in Ontario and Indiana, in the US, during the past year to cut costs.


North America's fifth largest cheese producer, Saputo has 8,500 employees in Canada, the US and Argentina with 46 plants worldwide. It is also a big importer of specialty cheeses and is the largest snack cake producer in Canada.