Candia denied union claims it plans to transfer some production to Belgium

Candia denied union claims it plans to transfer some production to Belgium

French dairy firm Candia has denied union claims it is planning to transfer some of its production activities to Belgium.

Last year, Candia, owned by Sodiaal, announced plans to close three of its eight milk packing plants in France in 2014.

The CFDT union claimed Candia's works council had been informed by management the company intended to hand part of the production of its Candy-Up milk drink range and of cream products to Belgian sub-contractor Solarec.

"This is scandalous and lifts the lid on Candia's real industrial strategy. Looking for a sub-contractor shows that the CFDT's proposal to maintain some of the activities at the plant in Lude [one of the three earmarked for closure] is not only possible but indispensable to the Sodiaal group,” it added.

A spokesperson for Candia told just-food that while it was true that an agreement had been signed with a sub-contractor in Belgium, this was " to provide back-up solely in the event of production difficulties [in France]".