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Vie de France, Vienna, Va., will cease production at its frozen bread facility in Bensenville, Ill., on April 27. The move is part of the company’s long-term strategy to consolidate production and reduce cost.
“This was a very difficult decision for us,” says president and COO Sadao Yasumura. “We have been producing and distributing our products from the Chicago market for many years. However, this move gives us the opportunity to consolidate our rather old and outdated Illinois facility into a more efficient, high-speed production facility in Georgia. Vie de France customers will benefit from the improvements in efficiency and quality as well as increases in the variety of frozen and par-baked bread products we will be able to offer in the market.”
Approximately 70 employees will be affected by the consolidation.
Vie de France currently operates six production facilities throughout the United States manufacturing a full line of frozen unbaked, par-baked and fully baked croissants, pastries, cakes, cookies and European-style breads.