The traditionally Belgian products will be manufactured in Lithuania, Poland and the Czech Republic. The management points to the fact that this will happen in close cooperation with the Côte d'Or chocolate plant in Halle. The chocolate will still be produced in Halle, but the rest of the work will be done abroad. The management says that it hopes to limit the number of lay-offs.
It is feared however that 23 white collar workers and 76 blue collar workers will lose their job. This number is higher than trades unions had feared. Employees started a 24-hour strike this afternoon to protest against the decision.