Over 100 jobs will be lost to Nelson after the closure of the Cedenco apple processing plant. The factory was bought by Cedenco Foods NZ Ltd (Cedenco) in 2018 after T&G Global was forced to sell it.
Cedenco currently employs 29 permanent workers and up to 100 seasonal staff at the Nayland Rd factory, most of them Nelson locals, but at the end of the 2020 season the plant will be shut down and relocated to Hastings.
Apple processing, turning apples not fit for grocery or export markets into juice, diced apples, and other products, will continue "at full capacity" throughout the 2020 season. As explained on stuff.co.nz¸ the factory has been operating as an apple processing plant for 57 years, but has had a troubled few years.