Sweet’N Low, the pink little artificial sweetener packets that are a mainstay at coffee shops and diners, will shut down operations from its original Brooklyn factory, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Steven Eisenstadt, CEO of Cumberland Packing Corp., was pretty blunt in saying the shut down was decades in the making as they’ll move production to other parts of the country.
Public Advocate for the City of New York, Letitia James, told DNA Info, “This smells like a real estate deal at the expense of workers,” but the company is suggesting that it just doesn’t make sense for them to keep the Brooklyn plant.
For nearly 300 workers, who will now be out of a job, the closure came as a shock and they are protesting with signs that read, “Greed’N Low” and “Keep our jobs in Brooklyn,” however, Sweet’N Low said it will do its best to help workers find jobs.
While Cumberland’s reasoning hasn’t been fully explained, by the end of 2016, the 60-year-old factory will be no more.