ROMANIA: Heineken readies Romanian brewery closure
- Five breweries to become four for Heineken Romania
- 98 jobs to be lost
- Hateg brewery production transfered to other facilities
Almost 100 jobs will go at Heineken Romania
Heineken has confirmed the closure of one of its five breweries in Romania.
The brewer, which cut around 5% of its workforce in Romania last year by ceasing all malt production in the country, announced today (14 January) that it will transfer production from its Hateg brewery to its remaining four facilities. The move will see Heineken Romania cut 98 jobs from its workforce.
The transfer was "a business decision within the actual economic context in order to optimise production and to consolidate Heineken's business for the long-term in Romania", the company said. A timescale for the closure was not disclosed.
As well as offering "substantial" financial compensation, Heineken Romania will launch a Centre for Professional Reorientation to offer support and assistance to the employees involved. Also, training will be offered to give basic information on how to apply for existing EU funds.
"Heineken Romania has a strong responsibility towards the employees in Hateg," said Jan Derck van Karnebeek, Heineken Romania's general manager. "I believe the complete set of measures we have taken to reduce the impact of closure fully reflects this responsibility.
"Heineken Romania's goal is to continue building a long term, efficient and responsible business in Romania and to strengthen our competitive position in the market."
Located to the north-east of Bucharest, the Hateg facility primarily produced Hategana beer as well as Bucegi and Golden Brau. Production will be moved to Heineken's remaining breweries in Romania - Miercurea Ciuc, Targu Mures, Craiova and Constanta.
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