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Candy maker Just Born offers employees 'voluntary separation program'

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A well-known Lehigh Valley company is asking its employees if they want to leave.

Bethlehem-based candy maker Just Born, the maker of Peeps, is launching what it calls a "voluntary separation program."

Employees who agree to leave the company will be offered an incentive package.

It's not clear what the next step would be if not enough workers take the deal.
Just Born says the program is part of an effort to realign the company.

Below, in its entirety, is a statement issued by Just Born on the separation program:

"Just Born is a private company so we cannot share details regarding the voluntary separation program. What we can tell you is that many companies utilize a voluntary separation program. Our voluntary program, which affects some of our non-union associates at all levels, is focused on realigning our organization to strengthen our ability to succeed in a highly competitive marketplace. As we move forward, some jobs will be eliminated, some jobs will change and new jobs will be created. We currently have 11 job opportunities on our company website. The last voluntary separation program we offered was back in 2004."

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