McCain Foods, the Canada-based potato-products supplier, has confirmed more jobs have been affected as the company tries to adjust to how Covid-19 has affected demand.

The company is temporarily laying off workers at a site in its domestic market, a move that follows cuts to production in the UK, where workers were also put on leave.

McCain’s temporary staff reductions will be made at its facility in Carberry, a town in Canada’s Manitoba province. The business did not disclose how many roles are affected.

In a statement, McCain said sales of products in supermarkets and retailers across Canada “continues to be strong” but added overall demand for its products had been “significantly reduced due to the decline of eating out”.

Danielle Barran, the president of McCain’s business in Canada, said: “These decisions were difficult, but they are temporary and we will be here, ready to ramp up production again, in line with customer demand, once restrictions have been lifted and the foodservice market returns. Until then, we continue to work closely with our customers and partners to ensure the continued supply of our products for people to enjoy at home, and through available delivery and take-out channels, throughout Canada.”

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