EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

AB InBev

AB InBev

Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Region: Bremen, Kreisfreie Stadt; Bremen
Location of affected unit(s): Bremen


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
11.05 - Manufacture of beer
Number Employed: 1400
Group: AB Inbev

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 18-10-2013
Planned Job Reductions min: 151
Planned Job Reductions max: 151
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 18-10-2013
Direct Dismissals: 151

Additional Information

Worldwide beer producer AB InBev is to cut 151 jobs in Bremen. The cuts are mainly to affect positions in logistics (30) and bottling (70). The affected site brews beer for the company’s brands Beck’s and Haake-Beck.
The initiative follows the offshoring of production and increasing labor costs in the past years.

The company aims to avoid forced redundancies. Worker representatives have shown themselves surprised by the measures. To date, a concrete timeframe for the restructuring has not been elaborated. AB InBev operates in 24 countries, employing 150,000 staff worldwide. The site in Bremen employed about 1,400 workers so far (out of a total of 2,800 in Germany).

Updated, 01-04-2014: As reported, AB InBev management and union NGG reached an agreement according to which no forced redundancies will be carried out until 31 December 2017. Job redundancies are to be realised by natural attrition, voluntary leaves and early retirement options.