Collective bargaining talks between Lantic and the union began in March after a three-year contract expired Feb. 28.
The company said it was implementing contingency measures to minimize disruption to its customers and was maintaining open channels of communication with the union.
There are about 200 unionized operations and maintenance workers at the plant, which has capacity of about 440,000 tonnes of refined sugar annually. Lantic also has a cane refinery in Vancouver, B.C., and Canada’s only sugar beet processing plant in Taber, Alta.
The company produces granulated, icing, cube, yellow and brown sugars as well as liquid sugars and specialty syrups, marketed under the Lantic trademark in eastern Canada and the Rogers trademark in western Canada.Canada’s only other sugar cane refinery is owned by Redpath Sugar Ltd., in Toronto. Both Lantic and Redpath also own value-added blending and packaging facilities that produce sugar-containing food products for domestic and export markets, the Canadian Sugar Institute said.