More than 100 people are set to lose their jobs when food manufacturer Nestle shuts its factory in northern Victoria.

Cheap imports are being blamed for the looming closure of the Tongala plant, which mainly produces tinned milk.

Production will progressively move overseas before the factory shuts in either late 2020 or mid-2021.

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“People just don’t buy tinned milk like they used to, and cheaper imports have eroded our business further,” general manager Andrew McIver said in a statement on Wednesday.

“At the same time, the equipment in this factory is old, and the investment we need to make sure it can operate reliably in the future means that the factory is no longer viable.”

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