EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Belgium
Region: Prov. Antwerpen; Vlaams Gewest
Location of affected unit(s): Waarlos


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
11.05 - Manufacture of beer
Number Employed: 664

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 20-01-2005
Planned Job Reductions min: 112
Planned Job Reductions max: 112
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

Alken-Maes, the second largest Belgian brewery, announced on 20 January 2005 it would cut 112 jobs out of 664. General services should be hit the most by the restructuring, and on a lower scale a few workers should also lose their job (22 people). On top of this announcement, management is to develop its sales strategy by making it more aggressive. A focus on the profitability of the quality services as well as a reorganisation of the logistics department will be considered. Negotiations with unions are to take place before the implementation of the restructuring.