FRANCE: Marie Brizard ponders HQ shift – report
Marie Brizard is set to move its headquarters, according to reports.
French newspaper Les Echos said earlier this week that the company, which is owned by fellow French company Belvedere, will shift its head office from Bordeaux to Ivry-sur-Seine in Val-de-Marne.
Up to 87 of the office's 660 employees will be affected by the move, the paper said, although they will all be offered alternative employment.
Marie Brizard is also set to discontinue production in Bordeaux, moving operations to its Lormont and Zizurkil plants, the paper added.
No-one was immediately available to confirm the report when contacted by just-drinks today (23 January).
Belvedere bought Marie Brizard in 2005, when it secured a 69.3% stake in the spirits producer in a deal worth EUR320m (US$428m). In September last year, Belvedere sold off Marie Brizard's Pulco brand of fruit concentrates and Sirop Sport cordial line to Orangina Group for EUR178m.
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