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Chicago Bakery Scrambling After Immigration Raid

By Dave Fusaro, Editor in Chief

Dec 01, 2017

A Chicago bakery that supplies hamburger buns for fast-food chains is scrambling to keep up production after 800 immigrants – a third of its workforce – were arrested in an immigration raid.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Cloverhill Bakery did not specify when the raid happened, but its parent firm, Swiss food firm Aryzta AG, said in a financial filing it incurred €16.3 million (about $19 million) in losses during June and July as a result of the immigration crackdown.

Reports were not clear if the workers were illegal immigrants or merely lacked sufficient documentation. They were supplied by a staffing firm that apparently faced federal audits earlier this year. The Swiss company didn’t name the staffing company.