Coca-Cola Finalizes Shutdown of Dunedin, Florida, Orange Juice Plant

Feb. 15, 2024
The plant’s closure was first announced in 2020, but Coca-Cola had kept it operating since then and will shut it down at the end of May.

The Coca-Cola Co. filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice that it will permanently close its orange juice processing plant in Dunedin, Fla., at the end of May, resulting in the layoff of nearly 200 workers, according to local news reports and the WARN notice.

The notice states the plant, which dates back to the 1940s (Coca-Cola acquired it in 1988), is expected to shut down on May 31, 2024, with layoffs expected to begin as soon as April 5. Workers were informed of the layoffs on Feb. 5, the notice says. All workers and positions at the facility would be eliminated, though some employees will remain employed through the closure date in order to assist with administrative tasks associated with the plant shutdown.

A Coca-Cola spokesperson reminded one local media outlet that the plan to close the plant was announced in early 2020, and added that all volume for the plant would be transferred to third-party co-packer Peace River Citrus, which has a plant some two hours east in Bartow, Fla.

The plant continued to operate for years after the original 2020 announcement, with the company needing the additional processing capacity as recently as last year to handle demand. Even then, Coca-Cola told officials the facility would remain in operation until this spring, which eventually will become the date of closure.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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