The Lieken group now has about 2,800 employees. When Agrofert bought it in 2013, it had about four thousand employees.
Prague – The Czech holding company Agrofert cancels 1665 jobs in the German bakery group Lieken, according to the German food industry NGG.
Agrofert spokesman Karel Hanzelka declined to comment on the data on dismissals. The Lieken group now has about 2,800 employees. When Agrofert bought it in 2013, it had about four thousand employees. In the Czech Republic, Agrofert owns the Penam Bakery, which is also active in Germany.
Luke's bakery was, according to Hanzelka, when it was bought by Agrofert, a loss-making company. From 2015, a restructuring is under way in Lieken. "Various logistics and production facilities have been closed within the framework of the Agenda 2020 reform program in 2020. Planned cuts would affect 1065 logistics staff and 500 in production," said trade union spokesperson Karin Vladimirov.
The spokesman for Agrofert refused to confirm the data. "We consider the specific numbers as an internal issue and we do not publish them," he told the server. "We are still looking for new employees and new employees in newly opened operations," he added.
According to the turnover, the Lieken group is one of the six largest bakery companies in Germany, says E15.cz, but the precise data on the management of Lieken are not available according to the server in the German trade register. The Agrofert Group is the largest in the Czech agricultural and food industry, two in the chemical industry and a major player in the forestry and media sector. Last year it employed about 33,000 people, just like the year before, of which 22,000 in the Czech Republic. Agroferta's consolidated profit fell 38 percent last year compared to CZK 4.8 billion.
The group owned the former deputy prime minister and Minister of Finance Andrej Babiš at the beginning of the year. In February he placed his shares in trust funds because of the Law on conflicts of interest.