EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Germany
Location of affected unit(s): Bad Neuenahr, Sulzbach, Liederbach


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
11.07 - Manufacture of soft drinks; production of mineral waters and other bottled waters
Number Employed: 7500
Group: Coca-Cola

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 08-10-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 485
Planned Job Reductions max: 485
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 08-10-2020
Foreseen End Date: 28-02-2021
Other Job Reduction Measures: 485

Additional Information

On 8 October, beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola announced it would cut 485 jobs in Germany. Affected are its sites in Bad Neuenahr (Rhineland-Palatine), Sulzbach (Bavaria) und Liederbach (Hesse). The company has decided to change its business plans regards the mineral water Apollinaris. Whilst the mineral water is currently still available in supermarkets, it will only be produced for consumption in hotels and restaurants in the future. Consequently, Apollinaris' production sites will be shut down or sold by March 2021. Coca-Cola announced that it will start negotiating with works' councils as soon as possible. The company wants to offer affected employees severance payments and, if possible, job transfers to other sites. The union NGG has already announced it will fight the job reduction scheme.

Alongside with the job reduction scheme, the company also announced to create some 120 new jobs. Further news on the job creation is not yet available. 

Coca-Cola currently employs 7,500 people at 29 locations in Germany.