A Marseille-based Nestlé factory is to shed around a hundred jobs, a fifth of its workforce. Jean-Pierre Gey, the manager of the Saint-Menet production facility, yesterday told an extraordinary company meeting that the measures were necessary to ensure the site's long-term health. Keen to avoid suspicions that the move was a forerunner to radical job cuts of the scale recently announced by rival food group Danone, Gey insisted that the redundancies would be effected through "natural wastage" and voluntary departures.