Kraft to eliminate processed cheese from Pa. plant

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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ALLENTOWN, PA. — Individually wrapped Kraft Singles and other processed cheese products will no longer be made at a Kraft Foods Inc. plant near Allentown in Upper Macungie Township as it is eliminating its processed cheese manufacturing line.

The plans are to consolidate production of processed cheese in three plants in the Midwest by the summer of 2008. The Pennsylvania plant will still produce Tassimo T-discs, Grey Poupon Mustards and A-1 Steak Sauces and continue to package Kraft natural cheeses and single-serve items for food service.

"The consolidation is not a reflection on the employees at the Lehigh plant," said company spokesperson Cathy Pernu. "This is a business decision about the most efficient use of our assets based on our plans to purchase and install new, more efficient process cheese equipment elsewhere in our network. The equipment will enable us to use newer technology, operate more flexibly and with greater energy efficiency, and meet demand for process cheese by sourcing from fewer plants."

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