GERMANY: Anheuser-Busch InBev cutting 151 jobs at Bremen site
A-B InBev is set to let go of 151 workers from its Bremen facility
Anheuser-Busch InBev is planning to cut around 10% of the workforce at its biggest production plant in Germany as it battles with the country's declining beer market.
The brewer's German unit confirmed to just-drinks today (18 October) that 151 jobs are under threat at the Bremen facility as part of a re-organisation. “Management has started discussions with the workers councils and will explore all opportunities for socially acceptable solutions for the impacted employees,” the company said in a statement.
The site currently employs around 1,400 workers.
The brewer said the move was to “counter the negative impact of the declining beer market and ensure the competitiveness” of the plant, its biggest in the country.
The company flagged that Germany's beer markets has shrunk by around 15% in the last ten years. “The average price of beer has negatively developed due to fierce price competition,” it added. “At the same time, input costs have increased significantly in this period and the brewery in Bremen is confronted with the highest salaries costs and holiday payments in the German brewing industry.”
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