‘Almost non-existent’ cold, cough season costs 30 jobs at P.E.I. lozenge plant

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Island Abbey Foods, makers of Honibe cough and cold lozenges, is eliminating 30 temporary staff at its Charlottetown production plant.

The P.E.I. company is putting the blame on the “almost non-existent cold and cough season” so far this winter, as potential customers wear masks, stay two metres away from others and practise good hand hygiene. 

“Cold and cough season is almost non-existent this year, which has resulted in a decline of our lozenge business for the first two quarters of 2021,” Scott Spencer, president and chief operating officer of Island Abbey Foods, said in a statement to CBC News.

“While we hav

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