Smucker shutters two facilities

Smucker shutters two facilities

US spreads-to-coffee group JM Smucker has confirmed that it plans to shut down two facilities in Livermore, California. 

The company is to transfer production to Chico, California, where it already has facilities and where it also plans to build a new plant.

Some 32 jobs in Livermore will be affected by the closures, with the company saying there would be limited opportunities for staff to transfer to the Chico facilities.

The Livermore units were acquired as part of JM Smucker's purchase of organic and gluten-free products manufacturer Enray in 2013. The company said it expected the closures to be completed by the end of January next year.

In February, Ohio-based Smucker reduced its full-year sales forecast from US$7.9bn to $7.8bn. However, the company raised its adjusted earnings target range to $6.99-7.09 per share from its previous guidance of $6.85-6.95 a share.

Last month the company named Mark Smucker as its new CEO to succeed Richard Smucker.