First round of Nestle layoffs will hit Dreyer’s ice cream workers in Laurel

The D.C. area is seeing its first layoffs related to Nestle USA’s shift away from direct store delivery.

The consumer packaged goods giant on Monday filed a notice of mass layoff that would affect 69 workers at the Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company in Laurel. The layoffs will be effective Nov. 1, according to the state’s Work Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) website.

Nestle USA said in May that it would stop the direct-to-store delivery for lines like its ice cream and pizza businesses and instead ship those products to the warehouses it already uses for its other products. The closures were expected to begin in the third quarter.

In all the shift was expected to affect 4,000 jobs, or 8.3 percent of Nestle USA’s 48,000-employee workforce in the United States. It wasn’t immediately clear whether there are any other of the direct store delivery warehouses in the D.C. area; there is one located in Delmar, near Salisbury, Md.

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