EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Koninklijke Wessanen NV

Company/Organisation:
Koninklijke Wessanen NV

Geographic Location

Country: World

Company

Sector: Retail
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
46 - Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Number Employed: 17114

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 26-11-2002
Planned Job Reductions min: 1300
Planned Job Reductions max: 1500
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-11-2002
Foreseen End Date: 01-05-2003

Additional Information

Koninklijke Wessanen is a multinational food company based in the Netherlands which operates in the European, American and Canadian markets. A first wave of redundancies (400) was announced in February 2002, a second one in August 2002 (400). Wessanen reduced earlier than foreseen the workforce of its branch, Tree of Life North America, by 300 employees. In August 2003, the reorganisation plan 'Phoenix' could lead to the suppression of 500 to 700 jobs above the 300 axed at Tree of Life North America. In October 2003, 84 jobs were shed in Belgium : production of the Convenience Food Groep is concentrated in Bocholt, stopped in Essen. In December 2003, some 95 jobs are to be axed at Tree of Life Europe. Between 35 and 55 in belgium and some 40 in the Netherlands. This measure is part of the Phoenix restructuring plan.