Canadian dairy group Agropur has announced it will cut 45 jobs as it integrates the activities of Farmers Co-operative Dairy after the merger between the two companies.

The company said that, while all three of the former Farmers Dairy plants will remain operational, it will cease cheese production at the group’s facility in Truro in Nova Scotia. The site will instead focus on producing milk powder and butter, Agropur revealed.

Canadian reports last week suggested the group would look to shed 15 jobs at the facility. In total, Agropur revealed in a statement, it will cut 45 positions in the region – including the 15 positions previously flagged. 

The company emphasised the cuts were necessary in order to “remain competitive” and stressed it will continue to employ more than 450 people in Atlantic Canada.

Agropur and Farmers Dairy first announced plans to merge in February. At the time Agropur unveiled the merger plan, the group argued that consolidation in the Canadian dairy sector would help build a “sustainable future” for Canadian dairy farmers. The deal went through in April.

In a separate announcement last week, Agropur revealed it had acquired Nova Scotia-based milk processor Cook’s Dairy for an undisclosed sum.