General Mills To Close Original Progresso Soup Facility In 2018

The food company is encouraging workers from the New Jersey plant to consider applying for work at its new Progresso facilities in Missouri, a spokeswoman said.

After announcing in July it would shut down its Vineland, New Jersey manufacturing facility—impacting approximately 370 employees—General Mills said Monday it had reached an agreement with union officials representing the workers.
The food producer from Golden Valley will pay all 370 employees a severance package and transition benefits. General Mills spokeswoman Kelsey Roemhildt said the company would not discuss details behind the severance deal, however, the company previously noted in a regulatory filing that it expected the total costs to be approximately $18 million.
The plant’s closure was announced among a string of facility shutdowns and one sale made by General Mills in July.
The Vineland facility will close by the first quarter of its fiscal year 2018, the company said. General Mills recently popularized its Vineland operations with TV spots this year touting Vineland as the “Home of Progresso” soups. (Those commercials were later pulled for exaggerating the soup’s use of local produce.)
Roemhildt added that General Mills’ Progresso soup capacity would be shifted to Hannibal, Missouri. The company is encouraging workers to apply for positions there.