Lack of colds forces 30 people to lay off at a PEI lozenge factory.

CHARLOTTETOWN – A lozenge factory in Prince Edward Island has laid off 30 workers, citing a “nearly non-existent” cold and cough season due to COVID-19 restrictions.

© Provided by The Canadian Press

Island Abbey Foods explained that sales of its Honibe cough and cold lozenges declined in the first two quarters of its 2021 fiscal year, forcing the Charlottetown-based company to cut 30 temporary positions from its production operations. .

Measures to stem the pandemic such as masks, frequent hand washing, physical distancing and teleworking appear to have reduced the prevalence of seasonal viruses.

This apparent drop in winter colds across the country would have consequently weakened the demand for medicines and natural remedies aimed at soothing sore throats and nasal congestion.

Metro, which operates the Jean Coutu and Brunet pharmacies in particular, and the Loblaw Companies, owners of the Pharmaprix and Shoppers Drug Mart establishments, noted the weakness of the cough and cold season.

During a conference call in November, Metro President and CEO Eric La Flèche told analysts that there appeared to be “a much weaker cold and flu season,” as the increased health measures to counter the COVID-19 pandemic also seemed to curb the spread of seasonal viruses.

Gallery: Which is the best country to give birth to? (Espresso)

The journey to motherhood is an agonizing adventure, even for the bravest among us.  All mothers want the same for their child: happy, healthy and safe.  Of course, where you live has a huge impact on all of these aspects.  So, which are the safest countries to give birth to a child?  Here is the list of the 20 top-ranked countries in the healthcare rankings.

Loblaw president Sarah Davis also said in a phone call with investors in November that the company was looking for ways to offset a downtrend in the cough and cold industry.

The Public Health Agency of Canada’s weekly influenza report earlier this month says indicators of influenza activity remained “exceptionally low” for this time of year.

In its EpiGuppe report for the week of Jan. 3-9, the agency says flu testing is continuing at seasonal levels, but there is “no evidence of community spread of the flu. “.

For Island Abbey Foods, the decline comes after 2020 had been a tremendous year and it had significantly increased its workforce in anticipation of ever higher demand.

The company says it has continually adapted to the ever-changing business realities with COVID-19, and has seen substantial gains with its digital retail strategy.

Online sales, however, have not replaced the volume the company anticipated for a regular cold and cough season.

The Canadian Press

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.