Penny Curtiss Baking loses Aldi's bakery contract

by Eric Schroeder
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Penn Traffic Co. announced its Penny Curtiss Baking Co. Inc. subsidiary will no longer bake for supermarket chain Aldi Inc.

In a memo to workers, the company said it would phase out the Aldi business between Aug. 12 and Aug. 24. Aldi, which is based in Germany, operates more than 800 stores in the United States and more than 5,000 stores worldwide.

"Obviously, we are disappointed that Aldi has decided to pursue other fresh bakery production options," Penn Traffic said. "However, we feel fortunate to have had them as a valued customer for several years. Even though this announcement has the potential to impact our Penny Curtiss Baking employees, we continue daily to pursue new business opportunities and we are hopeful that one or more of these will come to fruition prior to feeling the financial impact of the Aldi loss.

"We are making every effort to minimize the impact."

In addition to Penny Curtiss, The Penn Traffic Co. operates 106 supermarkets in Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Vermont and New Hampshire under the BiLo, P&C and Quality trade names.

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