Privately-owned French dairy group Lactalis is reportedly consolidating production in Romania, with plans to close two facilities in the country.

The affected plants are located in Floreni and Vatra Dornei and the closures are expected to be completed by the end of August, with job losses imminent, according to multiple reports in Romania. Floreni is is in the east of the country, close to the border with Moldova, while Vatra Dornei is situated further north.

The facilities are part of Romanian dairy firm Dorna Lactate, which Lactalis acquired in 2008. That company will continue to exist but production will be transferred to other Lactalis sites in the counties of Alba and Covasna, along with manufacturing of the LaDorna brand, it was reported.

Regional business publication SeeNews quoted Giampaolo Manzonetto, the general manager for the Lactalis business in Romania, as saying: “We had to make this decision after exhausting all attempts to streamline the activity in the two factories, taking into account the new economic reality that causes us to pay more attention to the operability of our business in Romania and to adapt our plans coherently, in order to remain competitive in the industry.”

just-food has contacted Lactalis in France and Romania for confirmation of the proceedings but had not received a reply at the time of publication.

An undisclosed number of employees at the two plants are expected to lose their jobs, while efforts will be made to secure positions at other Lactalis factories, SeeNews said. The media outlet added that milk suppliers will not be affected as supply will be redirected to other factories.

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