The move is part of the company’s long-term strategy to consolidate production and reduce cost.
Vie de France announced it will cease production at its frozen bread facility located outside Chicago in Bensenville, Illinois effective April 27, 2013. This move is part of the company’s long-term strategy to consolidate production and reduce cost.
“This was a very difficult decision for us,” Sadao Yasumura, president and COO of Vie de France, said in a statement. “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 However, this move gives us the opportunity to consolidate our rather old and outdated Illinois facility into a more efficient, high-speed production facility in Georgia.”
In addition to improved efficiency, Vie de France will increase the variety of frozen and par-baked bread products available. 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 croissant, pastries, cakes, cookies and European-style breads.