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Officials confirm planned closure of Quaker Oats plant because of recall of dozens of products

The mayor of a city in Illinois confirmed PepsiCo's decision to close a Quaker Oats plant, which temporarily shut down during a granola product recall in December 2023. According to Danville, IL's Facebook post, the plant will shut down on June 8. Over 60 products produced at this plant were recalled in December 2023 and January 2024 due to Salmonella contamination.

PepsiCo announced the closure on April 3, citing the need for enhancements and modernization. The company will transfer production to other facilities. Operating for 65 years, the plant employed 510 people, as per the city’s Facebook post. However, PepsiCo's 2023 financial report showed a 5% decline in Quaker Foods North America sales volume, with a 2% revenue drop to $3.1 billion and a 19% operating profit decrease due to the recall.

The Quaker Oats recall began on December 15, 2023, affecting over 40 products, later expanding on January 12 with two dozen more products recalled. No confirmed illnesses were reported by the company at the time of the recall announcement.