Staff shortage for blueberry freezing plants

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Staff shortage for blueberry freezing plants




The warm temperatures favored the proliferation of blueberries.


© Steeven Tremblay/Radio-Canada
The warm temperatures favored the proliferation of blueberries.


Quebec Wild Blueberries are struggling to find workers for their three freezing plants in the region

Candidates are rare and the situation is worse this year, according to the group’s director of operations, Pascal Hudon.

Advertisements were broadcast on social networks and on the radio to attract workers. The group even plans to draw four prizes of $ 2,000 among the recruited workers.

«Fifteen workers are missing to be able to work decent hours. Fortunately, we have people in-house who agree to work more hours. But the season lasts five to six weeks and the factories are going to be running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So it becomes difficult for these people.», Explains Pascal Hudon.

Fortunately, the group can count on foreign workers. They are currently in quarantine as a preventive measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are expected to start working in factories on August 10.

The Bleuets Sauvages du Québec group has facilities in Dolbeau-Mistassini, Saint-Bruno and Saint-Félicien.

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