Bas-Rhin. Knorr announces shutdown of its Duppigheim plant, 261 jobs at risk

The Unilever group has decided to cease operations at the Knorr factory in Duppigheim (Bas-Rhin), reports theAFP confirming information revealed by France Blue Alsace. In a press release, published this Thursday, March 25, he explains that he made this decision “Faced with the structural decline in sales of industrial soups”.

According to Unilever, the French soup market “Is in structural decline of 26%” on volume sales recorded between 2012 and 2019. “Consumers increasingly favoring home-made”. The drop in sales caused the gradual decrease in activity at the Duppigheim site. The group ensures that, at the end of 2019, the rates of use of the industrial tool were 40%.

Employees reclassified internally

In total, 261 employees still work on this site, or half the number in 2009. The group plans to set up a “Reinforced professional transition system” for all these employees. Also, 70 of them will be reclassified internally. They will be reassigned “Within Unilever factories in the eastern quarter of France” but also in Côte-d’Or, Haute-Marne and Oise.

In addition, the site indicated that it was looking for a buyer for its Duppigheim plant, as provided for by law, “Either for a total or partial resumption of the activity, or for an industrial reconversion of the site in close coordination with the State and the public actors of the Alsatian territory”.

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