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Jamaica: Job Jitters – Sugar Workers Fear Appleton Factory Closure As Company Racks Up Losses

Communities dependent on the Appleton Estate Sugar Factory in Siloah, St Elizabeth, are facing an uncertain future following news that the J. Wray & Nephew Ltd- owned facility will end production of the sweetener because of heavy losses during the 2019-2020 crop year.

J. Wray & Nephew Ltd has pointed to sustained losses in sugar production and the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in the closure of bars and other routes-to-market, on its bottom line.

“The negative impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on the commercial operations of J. Wray & Nephew Ltd, coupled with sustained losses from its sugar business, has forced the company into consultation about the future of the Appleton Sugar operations in St Elizabeth,” the company stated.

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