Big layoffs at the dairies

The dairy industry in the Maritimes is being hit hard by layoffs. Agropur and Saputo, both based in Quebec, are laying off almost 350 people beginning April 1.

The two companies say they are realigning their sales and merchandising structure. Stores will now be responsible for putting the milk in the coolers after its delivered.

In recent years, Agropur has bought out Farmers and Scotsburn dairies among others in the Maritimes.