Pickle maker Gedney Foods to slash more than half its workforce

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Pickle company Gedney Foods, which has been in business in Minnesota for more than 145 years, is cutting its workforce from 175 to 75 this spring.

The Chaska-based company – known as the creator of the "Minnesota Pickle" and for its Gedney and State Fair branded pickle lines – said it has been forced to make the cuts after losing a major "co-packing" contract, the Business Journal reports.

The cuts will be made in late May and early June, the magazine reports.

Earlier this month, Better Farming reported that an Ontario cucumber processor was cutting the amount it was buying from farmers, with the reason given that Gedney had lost Smucker's as a client.

Gedney had been packaging Smucker's Bick's pickle label.

The company also produces the private label brands Cains, Delmonte, and Target's Archer Farms.

According to Funding Universe, the company was founded in 1881 by Mathias A. Gedney in Minneapolis, before it moved to Chaska in 1958.

It was called M.A. Gedney Co. up until 2012, when it changed its name to Gedney Foods.

The Business Journal notes the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2002, exiting the following year, and was bought by California-based PMC Global in 2009.

The company was in the news last month when it admitted responsibility for a foul stench that was being reported in the metro's southwest suburbs.

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