Twenty-one of the 29 employees of Tortuga (Barbados) Ltd, formerly Bakers Choice Inc, have so far been placed on the breadline, following a decision taken by the company to discontinue its cake production operations here.
The remaining eight employees are due to go home by September 30.
On August 26, workers were officially informed by management of the pending closure. Impacted temporary and permanent workers were also offered severance packages, counseling and support with resume preparation in the hope that they will able to find new jobs.
CEO of Tortuga International Marcus Simmonds said the company was forced to consolidate its production activities in order to improve its competitiveness. He has also informed that going forward, Tortuga International will be sourcing cakes from other bakeries in the region, while R.L. Seale Limited will continue to supply the company with rum-based products that are manufactured in Barbados.