Keurig Dr Pepper closing Bai warehouse in Bordentown; 69 could lose jobs

Keurig Dr Pepper is closing a warehouse in Bordentown that handles Bai beverage packs, potentially costing nearly 70 people their jobs.

Bai, which was founded in New Jersey in 2009, became part of what was then Dr Pepper Snapple Group in 2017, before the 2018 merger with Keurig Green Mountain. The new ownership had continued to produce Bai variety packs, among other products, at the 201 Elizabeth St. site.

Company spokesperson Sarah Holland told ROI-NJ that the facility would close at the end of July, with about 69 workers slated to lose their jobs.

However, operations will be taken over by other company facilities, and employees can apply for open positions elsewhere, Holland noted.

“Last last year, we shared with our employees in Bordentown that our warehouse would be closing,” she said. “This decision was made as part of a careful review of our real estate assets and allows us to best serve our customers while driving efficiency and quality across our supply chain network.”

The facility had originally been slated to close at the end of April, but the shuttering was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“While we had intended to close the facility earlier, we extended operations through July to keep our employees safe and minimize disruptions in the early days of COVID-19,” Holland said.

Keurig Dr Pepper, which leased the facility, said workers who do not find other positions in the company are eligible for severance and certain other benefits.