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Bonbonetti to close production at Nagykanizsa unit early December

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Hungarian sweets maker Bonbonetti Choco is scheduled to close production after laying off 64 workers at its production unit, entitled Choco Bonita, in Nagykanizsa (southwestern Hungary) by December 10, István Lakos of Bonbonetti informed news agency MTI late yesterday.

Despite having several potential buyers, attempts to sell the plant failed, Lakos said. Although the plant is closing, more than one third of the laid-off employees are expected to be employed by the bakery Kanizsa Pékség, which operates at the same site.

In September CEO Sándor Sánta told Népszabadság that the bulk of the production could be transferred to the Bonbonetti plant located in Budapest where some of the production lines have already been moved.

Commenting on media reports about the planned layoffs in September, the CEO added that although revenue was affected, the developments in Hungary were not connected to the problems of Bonbonetti, which has been struggling in the Russian market.

A subsidiary of Ukrainian Roshen’s group, which is owned by Ukrainian “chocolate king” and president Igor Porochenko, Bonbonetti Choco registered a HUF 9mln net loss in 2013. Its sales revenue was HUF 9.78bln. 

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