July 9, 2003 |
Canandaigua Wine Co. will close its grape concentrate plant in the San Joaquin Valley town of Escalon to focus on making wine, company executives said. Canandaigua spokeswoman Lisa Farrell said its grape concentrate products were facing declining sales. The company will lay off 42 workers and shutter the facility, which is near Modesto. Grape concentrate is used as a sweetener in fruit juices, sport drinks and other products. Canandaigua is a division of New York-based Constellation Brands Inc.