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How will Kraft Heinz closure impact dairy farmers?

Workers at the Kraft Heinz plant were notified last week that they could lose their jobs within approximately 90 days if the plant is unable to find a buyer.

The plant is one of seven facilities scheduled for closure in the U.S. and Canada in an effort to downsize. The closures are expected to eliminate more than 2,000 jobs, including the more than 300 jobs at the Campbell plant.

Skip Jensen, New York Farm Bureau Field Advisor for Yates County, says there are dairy farmers in the area who will be affected by the plant’s closure, but could not yet estimate the scale of the impact.

Bob Kelly of Kelly Farms Inc., a milk hauling company in Dundee, says none of the farms that supply the plant will be dropped by his company; the milk will be simply be taken to other plants in Cuba, N.Y. or even farther, but that will increase transportation costs. Jensen adds that the impact of increased trucking costs is ultimately borne by the dairy farmers.

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