Dairy company FrieslandCampina cuts 58 jobs in Belgium
Dutch dairy company FrieslandCampina will cut 58 jobs in Belgium over the next two years, the company announced on Tuesday.
FrieslandCampina will cut approximately 1,800 jobs worldwide in 2024 and 2025, with more than half of the jobs being cut in the Netherlands.
Sarah De Meester, spokesperson for FrieslandCampina Belgium, reports that 58 jobs will be made redundant in Belgium. It remains to be seen whether the workforce reduction in Belgium will involve layoffs. Consultations will take place with the unions, says De Meester.
While the production branch will not be affected, marketing, sales and ICT jobs will be reduced. In addition to a commercial office in Ghent, the dairy giant also has production sites in Aalter, Bornem and Lummen.
The company announced the reorganisation at the beginning of October, following a disappointing six months in which net profit fell sharply. This was due to market prices for dairy being lower than the prices that FrieslandCampina paid livestock farmers for milk.
FrieslandCampina currently employs 1,272 people in Belgium, and the company has offices in 30 countries. The company, known for brands such as Campina, Chocomel and Joyvalle, says that some savings are needed to compensate for the increased costs. It also wants to improve margins to achieve a higher net profit and free up money for investments in innovation and sustainability.
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