Meatpacking plants and other food manufacturing facilities are closing due to coronavirus. Most reopen after a while as the facility goes through deep cleaning, reconfigures the spacing in their facility, and allowing employees finish to quarantine. Since the demand for food is high, it put pressure on manufacturers to open ASAP. Food Dive is tracking the status of operations of major manufacturers’ plants as they navigate the pandemic. In addition to meatpacking facilities, the list also includes other food manufacturers such as Firestone Pacific Foods fruit processing facility in Vancouver, Washington, shuttered on May 19, and is scheduled to reopen now. Bristol Seafood shuttered its processing plant on the Portland Fish Pier in Maine for two days after five workers tested positive for coronavirus. Bristol sells a line of ready-to-cook scallops, haddock, cod, and salmon. A Frito-Lay factory owned by PepsiCo in Modesto, California, briefly closed its doors for a deep cleaning after some workers showed coronavirus symptoms. Conagra Brands closed its Darien, Wisconsin Birds Eye Foods plant on April 19 after about 20 employees tested positive for coronavirus. The full list can be found @ https://www.fooddive.com/news/tracking-coronavirus-closures-at-food-and-beverage-factories/576559/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Issue:%202020-06-01%20Food%20Dive%20Newsletter%20%5Bissue:27650%5D&utm_term=Food%20Dive
Food and beverage closure and reopening due to coronavirus
Tracking coronavirus closures at food and beverage factories
From pork plants to snack factories, food and beverage manufacturers across the country are forced to halt operations as COVID-19 spreads among their employees and communities.