* Plant closing affects 700 jobs
* Will also close New Jersey spice plant
* Costs of $115 million pretax seen
* Annual pretax savings of $30 million forecast
Sept 27 Campbell Soup Co said on
Thursday it plans to close its Sacramento soup, sauce and
beverage plant to cut costs as demand for its canned soups in
the United States has declined.
The plant, built in 1947, is Campbell's oldest and employs
about 700 people full time.
Campbell also said that it plans to close a spice plant in
South Plainfield, New Jersey, which employs 27 people.
Campbell, which employs about 19,900 around the world, has
seen soup sales struggle over the past several winters from
heavy discounting in the food industry and Campbell's lack of
strong new products. The Sacramento plant has Campbell's highest
production costs per case, the company said.
Campbell shares fell 1 cent to $34.85 Thursday morning on
the New York Stock Exchange.
Campbell expects the closings to cost about $115 million on
a pretax basis, most of which will be incurred in the current
fiscal year. Once fully implemented, it expects the moves to
result in annual pre-tax savings of $30 million, beginning in
fiscal 2016, with fiscal 2014 savings of about $21 million.