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April 21, 2020

Covid-19 cases force Canada’s High Liner Foods to close plant

High Liner Foods, the Canadian frozen seafood products manufacturer, is to temporarily close a plant following confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst its employees there.

By Leonie Barrie

High Liner Foods, the Canadian frozen seafood products company, is to temporarily close its plant in Portsmouth, Ontario, following the discovery of confirmed Covid-19 cases amongst its employees there.

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It has not been revealed how many workers at the facility have contracted the virus.

In a statement, the company said: “High Liner Foods is activating its Covid-19 response plan including deep cleaning, contact tracing and risk assessment. High Liner Foods will resume operations at its Portsmouth plant as soon as it is responsible to do so.”

High Liner said in order to minimise impact to supply, the company has already started redirecting a portion of production from its Portsmouth plant to its Newport News and Lunenburg plants.

CEO Rod Hepponstall said: “Our priority is the health and safety of our employees who are doing essential work supplying food to families across North America. We are maximising all available resources to safeguard our people and ensure a steady supply of frozen seafood to meet the needs of retailers and consumers across North America during this unprecedented time.”

High Liner Foods’ retail branded products are sold throughout the US and Canada under the High Liner, Fisher Boy, Mirabel, and Sea Cuisine labels.

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The food and grocery sector thrived during the pandemic, largely due to the shutdown of the food service industry and the sector’s subsequent necessity, panic-induced bulk purchasing, and spending more time at home. The market has grown as a result of inflation. Consumer unwillingness to go out and socialize, and the reopening of several hospitality facilities, helped maintain the demand for groceries, particularly online, in 2021. As consumer behavior changes, we consume more food and drink at home, and inflation increases basket sizes. GlobalData predicts that the sector will continue to hold a higher share than had been predicted prior to the pandemic. This is true despite the fact that the food and grocery sector's share of overall retail will decline from its peak in 2020. This report will discuss market forecasts and key themes in the global food & grocery industry in 2022 and beyond. It covers:
  • Market drivers and inhibitors
  • Five-year forecasts and the impact of COVID-19
  • The performance of the online channel versus offline
  • Major trends in the market including rapid delivery, ambient retailing, supply chain disruption, and inflation
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