FrieslandCampina to close Belgian cheese facility

By Jim Cornall contact

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The intended closure of the Genk location, with the loss of 211 jobs, is expected at the end of 2021. Pic: FrieslandCampina
The intended closure of the Genk location, with the loss of 211 jobs, is expected at the end of 2021. Pic: FrieslandCampina

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Dutch dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina said it is restructuring its cheese packaging activities and intends to close its location in Genk, Belgium, with the loss of 211 jobs.

The intended decision to close the Yoko Cheese location in Genk is based on what the company said is the current underutilization of its cheese packaging network, further portfolio optimization and synergy benefits resulting from concentrating cheese packaging activities in its Wolvega and Leerdam facilities in the Netherlands.

FrieslandCampina said the restructuring will further strengthen its competitive position. The plans are part of the acceleration of the corporate strategy 'Our Purpose, Our Plan,' announced in November 2020, and will contribute to a structural reduction of overcapacity and announced savings.

Hans Meeuwis, president FrieslandCampina Dairy Essentials, said, “In line with our strategy, we are continuously looking for ways to further improve our position with regard to value creation and cost optimization.

“Of course, we do this after careful consideration of all interests, including those of the impacted employees. I am aware that the intention to close our Genk location has a major impact. In case of closure, the company will provide our employees with maximum support in finding new jobs.”

The intended closure of the Genk location is planned for the end of 2021. The announcement is the start of the formal information and consultation process.

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