EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

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


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
10.82 - Manufacture of cocoa, chocolate and sugar confectionery
Number Employed: 115
Group: Cloetta

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 09-05-2022
Planned Job Reductions min: 115
Type of Restructuring: Offshoring/Delocalisation
Employment Effect Start: 31-05-2022

Additional Information

Cloetta, a Swedish multinational confectionary producer has announced a restructuring within the company, leading to a closure of its facility in Turnhout. The company plans to establish a new centralised production facility within the Netherlands, combining the production capabilities of its three current facilities (2 in the Nethetlands and 1 in Belgium). In total 115 employees are at risk of dismissal. 

The local trade union delegation reacted surprised, as no formal announcement and consultation with the trade unions had been planned at that time. This is remarkable as it is obligatory under Belgian law.