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Pepperidge Farm closing Aiken bakery

Thursday, June 27, 2013 2:16 PM
Last updated 9:27 PM
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Pepperidge Farm Inc. is closing its bakery operations in Aiken, putting 115 employees out of work.

The company announced Thurs­day it is consolidating operations and plans to shift the majority of the bread made in its Aiken facility to Lakeland, Fla.

“We recently reviewed our operations and identified excess capacity in our bakery network,” said Bill Livingstone, the senior vice president of supply chain and operations, in a news release. “We made the difficult decision to close our plant in Aiken. It is a very good bakery with great people, but it has limited production capabilities, and we’ve recently discontinued a product that accounted for a significant amount of its volume.”

The bakery produced Pepperidge Farm Italian, Farmhouse, Rye and Deli Flats breads.

Goldfish Flats Bread were made at the facility before the product was discontinued from the retail market.

The facility will close in phases, starting in September. The bakery will stop operating in March.

The Aiken bakery, at 10 Wind­ham Blvd. in Verenes Industrial Park, opened in 1976. Pepperidge Farm operates eight other bakeries across the nation, employing more than 4,000 people.

The company, based in Norwalk, Conn., will offer employees severance packages.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/27/13 - 03:49 pm
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Obamanomics at work

What more can I say? The government has screwed up this "recovery" beyond belief. Its policies are job-killers, not job-creators.
My sympathies go out to these workers and their families. Hope they will learn from this and vote accordingly in 2016.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/27/13 - 04:16 pm
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You just
Unpublished

cannot continue to allow democrats and liberals run the finances of America. Aiken, I hate the loss for your work force.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 06/27/13 - 05:48 pm
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I know what the shovels were needed for

in all those shovel ready Obama jobs now.....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/13 - 07:55 pm
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Big loss for Aiken. Let's

Big loss for Aiken. Let's hope another company takes advantage of what must be a great deal on a bakery.

Susie Q
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Susie Q 06/27/13 - 08:36 pm
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Paula Deen

I'm wondering if this is spin off from Paula

KSL
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KSL 06/28/13 - 06:20 am
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Sad. My husband was involved

Sad. My husband was involved when they first locaterd in Aiken, and more recently in some structural engineering. He is the eternal optimist. He said yesterday, upon learning of this, that some other company will buy the facility.

Have not done this in years, but we used to go to certain Sat. morning sales and buy products. The products you buy in the grocery stores are great. But the taste of freshly baked Pepperidge Farms is out of this world.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/28/13 - 06:59 am
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This has nothing to do with

This has nothing to do with the government.

People's tastes change. Remember when you were kids, how often you ate Jello, and how often do you eat it now?

They discontinued an item, and that gave them excess production capacity. That's all it is.

It is not the government's fault that only a few people want to eat Goldfish flatbread.

KSL
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KSL 06/28/13 - 07:09 am
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Having bought their products

Having bought their products produced in the plant, I would agree. Someone decided different product lines, none of which I would have visited on those Sat. mornings for.

pep607
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pep607 06/28/13 - 08:19 am
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Lack of stock

I spend a good bit of time hunting for the Pepperidge Farm products I love on grocery shelves, and they are generally missing. If the items were there, I would not have to settle for another brand. Flatbreads are my favorite!

PepFarm Store
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PepFarm Store 06/28/13 - 01:00 pm
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Pepperidge Farm Thrift Store is still open.

Hey guys! Following your conversation here. Just want everyone to know that we here at the Aiken Plant are saddened by the news, but we have an outstanding crew here in Aiken and our management is doing everything possible to make sure every one of us comes through this transition successfully.

For those who are interested, our Thrift store will remain open to the public on Saturday mornings for as long as possible, most likely through March 2014.

KSL
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KSL 06/29/13 - 12:16 am
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Thank you very much

For that info. What are the hours?

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PepFarm Store 07/01/13 - 09:03 am
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Pepperidge Farm Company Thrift Store

Our store hours THIS WEEK (due to July 4th Holiday)
Wednesday: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Friday: 6:00am - 10:00am

NORMAL STORE HOURS
Wednesday: 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Friday: 6:00am - 10:00am
Saturday: 8:00am - 11:00am

We also have a Facebook Page and Twitter account and we try to keep it updated as much as possible regarding the store:

TWITTER: @PepperidgeAiken or
https://twitter.com/PepperidgeAiken

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/PepperidgeFarmAiken

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