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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Halifax's Ben's Bakery to close

Unfortunate news no matter how you slice it

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 4:00 AM

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Don't forget to stop and smell the fresh-baked bread. Yesterday afternoon brought the news that 6239 Pepperell Street's Ben's Bakery— known for its 100-plus year history in Halifax, and the sweet, sweet aromas that waft over Quinpool Road— will be winding down it's operations over the summer and closing its doors come November, leaving 105 employees out of work. This shut down comes about a year after Ben's parent company, Canada Bread Company Ltd., was bought by Mexico's Grupo Bimbo.

According to a statement sent out by Canada Bread, products made at the Halifax bakery—mostly sliced bread and English muffins under the Ben's, Dempster's and Villaggio brands—can be made at other Atlantic Canadian facilities "with improved speed and efficiency". Most of this production will take place at bakeries in both Moncton and Woodstock, New Brunswick.

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