Permanent layoff for workers at Nestlé Waters’ Aberfoyle plant

ABERFOYLE – Nestlé Waters Canada has laid off an undisclosed number of staff from its Aberfoyle bottling facility.

The move is expected to be a permanent reduction in the local workforce, director of corporate affairs Jennifer Kerr stated via email on Nov. 16.

When asked about the number of staff or which part of the operations would be affected, Kerr responded “out of respect for our employees privacy we are not releasing the number of or positions of impacted employees.”

As to why the decision was made, Kerr said “Nestlé Waters Canada has been facing some business challenges over the past year.”

Kerr added, “From a North American perspective, we are evolving our business to better align our current operations to meet our future needs and position our company for long-term success.

“In Canada, the beverage industry is highly competitive and we are constantly evaluating our business and making adjustments. In 2018 we have faced some strong headwinds, including unprecedented cost increases.”

She stated “all impacted associates are being offered severance packages and outplacement services to help employees transition to their next opportunity.”