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Meat processing firm HKScan to sack 165 workers

Finnish food group HKScan said the dismissals will generate savings of seven million euros.

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Meat and food producer HKScan will terminate 165 jobs following the co-operation negotiations launched in June.

The terminations will affect the company’s production and logistics facilities in Vantaa, Forssa, Mikkeli, Paimio and Outokumpu. In the largest unit in Vantaa 72 workers will lose their jobs while 55 positions will be cut in Forssa.

In addition, seasonally-based layoffs in some locations will take place outside of the Christmas ham and summer grilling seasons.

“We got plenty of valuable insights and suggestions from employee teams reviewing the streamlining needs,” Sami Sivuranta from HKScan said in a press release.

The reduction in workforce is expected to save HKScan seven million euros per year. In all, restructuring production is part of HKScan’s aim to generate annual savings of 40 million euros by 2020.

Last year, the company had net sales of 1.8 billion euros and an operating loss of 40 million euros. HKScan employs about 7,300 people and sells meat and other food products under brands like HK, Scan, Rakvere, Kariniemen, Rose, Pärsons and Tallegg. The firm sells products in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Baltic countries, exporting goods to a total of nearly 50 countries, according to the company.

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