US food group Campbell Soup Co. is to shut two domestic plants, citing falling canned soup sales among the reasons for the move.

Campbell will close a spice factory in New Jersey by March and a soup and sauce plant in California by July.

The company said lower canned soup sales volumes, improving productivity and new packaging made under co-packing deals had left it with “excess capacity”.

Campbell will move the spice production at the plant in South Plainfield to a second site in Milwaukee.

Production at the soup and sauces plant in Sacramento will switch to three other sites in North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.

Campbell said the closures would mean pre-tax costs of $115m and capital spending of $27m. However, it said the moves would save it $30m a year.

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Earlier this month, Campbell reported lower annual profits amid higher costs and promotional spending.

CEO Denise Morrison said Campbell needed to accelerate its “transition”, which involves focusing on simple meals, baked snacks and healthy drinks and expanding its presence in emerging markets.