The closing of the facility is part of a move to outsource its production to larger, more-specialized producers around the Midwest, Coborn's CEO Chris Coborn said, reports the St. Cloud Times. DBC Foods manufactures approximately 700 items, including deli salads and entrees, and a wide selection of smoked meat products.
The decision to close the facility was made after months of evaluation, which determined outsourcing would be more cost-effective, according to a Coborn's news release. Uncertainty about the possibility of new federal regulations for food production also influenced the decision, Coborn's spokeswoman Emily Coborn said.
Production will be outsourced to facilities operated by such companies as Garden Fresh, Klement's, Kansas City Sausage Co. and Quincy Street, according to the news release. The affected products will continue to be made with the same recipes at the new production facilities, Chris Coborn said.
Source: St. Cloud Times, Coborn's