Sweet'N Low to end Brooklyn production after nearly 60 years

NEW YORK (AP) — For almost 60 years, millions upon millions of tiny pink packets of Sweet'N Low have flowed from Cumberland Packing in Brooklyn. But the family-owned company told workers just over a week ago that manufacturing and packing work would stop in Brooklyn over the course of the year...

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              In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 photo, Cumberland Packing Corp. employees and union representatives chant slogans during a protest of Cumberland's closure in New York. After nearly 60 years, the New York City factory that makes the sugar substitute Sweet’N Low will soon be stopping local production. The family-owned company told workers that production would stop in Brooklyn over the year and shift entirely to other parts of the country, leaving only headquarters in the borough. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — For almost 60 years, millions upon millions of tiny pink packets of Sweet'N Low have flowed from Cumberland Packing in Brooklyn.

But the family-owned company told workers just over a week ago that manufacturing and packing work would stop in Brooklyn over the course of the year and shift entirely to other parts of the country. That would leave only the company's headquarters in the borough.

It's the latest chapter in a familiar tale. New York City hasn't been a manufacturing contender in decades, with global competition and high costs of labor and real estate taking their toll.

Employees said news of the shutdown was a shock. The company said it would try to help workers find new jobs.

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