French bakery group Neuhauser has announced a redundancy programme, triggered by “persisent economic difficulties”, which makes provision for 227 job losses out of a payroll of just over 2,000 workers.

In January 2017, restructuring at Neuhauser saw it lay off 110 workers, compared to an initial estimate of 370, in a move “to regain lasting profitability”. 

The fresh round of cutbacks is likely to see 185 jobs go at Neuhauser’s HQ in Folschviller and 42 axed at seven other sites in France, initially in the form of voluntary redundancies and then through offers of alternative employment. Consultations between Neuhauser and its works council are scheduled to begin next week.

A spokesperson for Neuhauser told just-food the programme was designed “to return Neuhauser to a position of financial sustainability”.

It focuses on transforming the group’s relations with its customers “from that of simple supplier to real partner, re-defining the business’ organisation in associating appropriate skills, implementing a culture of excellence in industrial operations and deploying a logistics model tailored to market requirements and is more economic”.

The spokesperson declined to comment on the causes of Neuhauser’s difficulties, which have continued “despite significant investments in recent years” and whether the group was making losses.

Majority-owned by the Soufflet group, Neuhauser posted turnover for the year to 30 June of EUR413.1m, 44% of which was generated outside France.

The group has 13 production sites in France and Portugal. Its business includes supplying supermarkets while also developing its own brands.