Glendale-based Nestle laying off 103 Hot Pockets factory workers

Hot Pockets aren't quite as hot as they used to be.

In the wake of static sales and increased costs, food giant Nestle is laying off 103 employees — about a sixth of the workers at its plant in Chatsworth that make the microwaveable snacks.

The company informed the employees in December that they would lose their jobs as of Feb. 1, said Nestle spokeswoman Roz O'Hearn. Also last month, the plant's six-day workweek was cut to four days.

"Consumers are a little more frugal, and competition is continuing to be very heated," O'Hearn said. "It's very unfortunate, but it is necessary to keep the business healthy and continuing."

After the layoffs, there will be 445 employees left at the plant.

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