The Swiss group Nestlé has announced the end of production of Maggi soups, bouillons (Kub) and culinary aids at its factory in Itancourt (Aisne). Two thirds of the 158 employees are offered redeployment at other sites and 34% are offered age-related measures. This site, which manufactures Maggi brand products, also employs 263 people at its adjacent plant producing breakfast cereals in partnership with General Mills.
The production of soups, broths (Kub) and culinary aids will be relocated to the Czech Republic and Poland. Concerning the 158 employees losing their jobs, the company intends to give priority to age measures and internal redeployment of its employees in the same department (Aisne). 54 employees could benefit from early retirement measures or end-of-career leave. For the remaining employees, Nestlé France undertakes to offer to each non-managerial employee one or more job offers within a radius of 50 kilometres.
The management justifies its decision by a continued decline in the volumes produced by the plant, which have fallen by 33% since 2005. The CFDT union regrets the decision and believes that the company could have chosen to repatriate part of the production 'relocated to Europe' to maintain tonnage, or 'to innovate to offer the plant new products to manufacture'. The president of the Hauts-de-France region and their deputy spoke againts the decision in a press release.