The Board of Directors of Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Finland has decided to maintain production of snacks and frozen products on Åland.
In February this year, Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Finland made an intentional decision concerning the factory on Åland, and a consultation process with employees and other stakeholders was initiated. The aim was to examine how the company could strengthen its long-term competitiveness by reducing manufacturing costs.
“We have now carried out a thorough assessment, in which we involved a great many stakeholders. We are glad that we can now conclude that there is a basis for continued production on Åland,” says Ann-Beth Freuchen, Chair of the Board of Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Finland.
Several alternatives have been considered, including moving production to other Orkla factories. The decision to retain production on Åland is based on a combination of factors, including an overall assessment of risks and competitiveness.
“It has been crucial to achieve savings that can assure the factory’s competitiveness. We have received constructive input from employees, factory management, public authorities, suppliers and other partners, and we can now confirm that conditions for maintaining production on Åland have improved sufficiently,” Ms Freuchen says.
There are 105 employees at the factory at Haraldsby on Åland. The employees were informed of the decision at a general meeting today.
Actions to reduce costs and improve efficiency have been identified, and implementation will begin immediately. There will be reductions in the factory workforce as part of this process.
“We operate in a highly competitive industry. The factory on Åland will be dependent on continued local and long-term support to ensure that it remains competitive also in the future,” says Ms Freuchen.
About Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Finland
Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Finland offers Finnish consumers local brands such as Taffel and Anyday snacks, Panda chocolate and confectionery, Kantolan and Ballerina biscuits and Oolannin frozen foods. In 2015, Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Finland had a turnover of around EUR 100 million and 400 employees. Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Finland is part of the Norwegian company Orkla, the leading supplier of branded consumer goods and concept solutions to the grocery retail, out-of-home and bakery sectors in the Nordic and Baltic regions. Orkla is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and had a Group turnover of NOK 33 billion and 14,670 employees as of 31 December 2015.
Orkla ASAOslo, 19 May 2016
Group Director Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs
Håkon MageliTel.: +47 928 45 828
CEO Orkla Confectionery & Snacks Finland
Pasi Flinkman Tel.: +358 400 819947