Campbell Soup Company has announced that it will be closing the Pacific Foods plant in Tualatin, Oregon, with layoffs starting as soon as August 2024.

Campbell's acquired Pacific Foods in 2017 to expand its share in the organic and natural foods market. However, the company is optimizing its supply chain. Campbell claims, "The aging facility and inefficient nature of the site’s configuration can no longer support the increased consumer demand and continued growth of the business."

Pacific Foods was founded in 1987 in Tualatin, Oregon by Chuck Eggert, an entrepreneur and food scientist passionate about pre-industrial farming methods. His reach in the Pacific Northwest is well known, through the WSU Eggert Family Organic Farm and Basics Market in Portland, in addition to the Pacific Foods brand.

Sprouts Market said of Pacific Foods in a 2011 feature:

They make great products, using pure and simple ingredients, but they also do it the right way: caring for their animals, converting conventional farmland to organic, restoring lost wetlands, and implementing programs to conserve resources and limit energy use and waste.

The Tualatin plant has been part of the Oregon community for over 30 years. Campbell plans to lay off 120 of the 330 employees at the facility in August 2024, with the remainder being laid off in phases up until July 2026.

Pacific Foods will continue to exist as a brand; soup and broth production will move to other Campbell plants, while plant-based beverages will be moved "to leading co-manufacturing partners."

LOOK: These Are the Counties With the Most Farmland in Oregon

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most farmland in Oregon using data from the Agriculture Department's Farm Service Agency.

Gallery Credit: Stacker

Oregon's Top 10 Commodities

Have you ever wondered what kind of agricultural products Oregon produces? While you might first think of huckleberries, marionberries, or crab, you'll be surprised to see what the top ten commodities are in Oregon (as of the 2022 ODA report).

Gallery Credit: Jaime Skelton


More From PNW Ag Network