ConAgra to lay off 38 at Lincoln plant

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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:00 am

ConAgra Foods will lay off about 38 workers at its popcorn snack plant in Lincoln.

The Omaha food manufacturer announced the layoffs Tuesday to employees at Lincoln Snacks. The workforce will shrink to about 71 from the current 109 workers, a workforce that had been consistent for some time, ConAgra said.

The cause is a decline in demand for products made there, which include Poppycock and Fiddle Faddle mixes of nuts and caramel-covered popcorn, and ConAgra’s new line of flavored, ready-to-eat popcorn, Pop Crunch.

“While we certainly regret having to make decisions such as this, business conditions require us to be as efficient as possible,” spokeswoman Kate Thomas said.

ConAgra employs about 2,900 people in Nebraska and about 36,000 companywide.

In September, the firm reported a 2 percent decline in first-quarter sales of consumer foods. CEO Gary Rodkin said the firm would need to reconsider the “premium price” charged for some new products, including Pop Crunch.

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