Soft drinks giant Pepsi is shutting down its warehouse operations in Dartmouth and Moncton, throwing 43 people out of work.

"While these are difficult decisions, we are committed to supporting affected employees by offering packages and comprehensive career transition support," PepsiCo Beverages Canada spokesperson Sandy Lyver told CBC in an e-mailed statement on the shutdown.

Word of the layoffs at the Burnside operation spread late Thursday.

PepsiCo said Armour Logistics of Moncton will take over the work.

"This transition will enable us to stay competitive while meeting the needs of our business," Lyver wrote.

"PepsiCo Beverages Canada remains dedicated to serving its Atlantic Canada customers and consumers and employs approximately 369 people across the region."

Aside from a franchise bottling partner Cape Breton Beverage Ltd, the Burnside warehouse was the company's only operation in Nova Scotia.