Orkla has told just-food jobs will go at the Nordic food group’s operations in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in the wake of combining its businesses in the two markets.

The company has bringing together two assets it has acquired over the last five years and since run separately.

Orkla is combining Czech division Hamé – which it bought in 2016 – and Vitana, the Slovak business snapped up in 2013 as part of the group’s acquisition of fellow Norway-based manufacturer Rieber & Søn.

In a statement, Johan Wilhelmsson, the CEO of Orkla’s international food business, said: “Vitana and Hamé are two successful companies, but together they will form an even more competitive organisation. By integrating them we can build a stronger organisation than each company can do alone.”

Pressed by just-food on the possible impact on jobs, a spokesperson for Orkla said some roles would go.

“There will be staff reductions due to double positions and increased efficiency, but we do not have a number at this stage,” the spokesperson said.

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“Some functions will be moved, but there are no plans to close down offices or factories as part of the integration.”