Montreal

More than 400 jobs to be slashed as east-end cookie factory closes

Snack and cookie powerhouse Mondelez announced Wednesday it would be closing its Montreal manufacturing facility on Viau Street by the end of next year.

Mondelez shuttering manufacturing facility in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve by end of 2017

Mondelēz owns a number of high-profile brands including Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, Cadbury, Maynards, Ritz, Toblerone and Triscuit. (Associated Press)

Snack and cookie powerhouse Mondelez announced Wednesday it would be closing its Montreal manufacturing facility on Viau Street by the end of 2017.

Earlier in the day, 454 employees were informed of the company's decision, which will happen in phases.

In a news release, a company vice-president said it was a "difficult but necessary decision."

"Our focus right now is on our employees in Montreal and we are doing everything we can to provide a smooth transition and support to those affected by this decision," Olivier Bouret said.

The company said the move is part of a global strategy to increase efficiency.

The factory produces cookies and crackers. The company said more that 95 per cent of the products made in Montreal will be made by other Canadian facilities, while the rest will be made in the U.S.

Mondelez owns a number of high-profile brands including Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, Cadbury, Maynards, Ritz, Toblerone and Triscuit.

Last year, the U.S.-based company posted approximately $30 billion in net revenues.

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