Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Hoegaarden Brewery to close


InBev's brewery in the Flemish Brabant village of Hoegaarden is to close. The management at InBev rejected union proposals to save 12 of the 59 jobs at the brewery, where the famous Hoegaarden White beer is produced.
The unions had suggested transferring a barrel-filling line from the Dutch city of Breda to the bottling plant at the Hoegaarden site.
Although the Hoegaarden White brewery is to close, the bottling plant will remain operational.
The management rejected the unions' proposals and said that the barrel-filling line will be installed at either its Leuven (Flemish Brabant) or Jupille (Li├Ęge province) site.
The unions will announce on Thursday whether they are to take further industrial action or they are prepared to start negotiations with management on redundancy terms. The closure of the Hoegaarden Brewery is part of InBev's restructuring plans.
The multi-national drinks company is to shed some 430 jobs at various sites throughout Belgium.

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