The milk cooperative Milcobel announced in a works council on Friday its intention to close the drinks department in Schoten, Antwerp. The company has announced this. Milcobel wants to stop its own production of milk and milk beverages. As a result, 167 jobs are at risk: 162 in Schoten and 5 in the support services in Bruges.
Milcobel produces all kinds of milk beverages in pods, such as: B. normal milk and chocolate milk. This is done under well-known brands such as Inza, Choco! Choco! or Yogho! Yogho!
But the country’s largest dairy cooperative wants to stop that. “Less and less milk is being consumed. Over the past ten years the market has declined by 3 percent annually. The margins for milk are also very low or even negative, ”explains spokeswoman Kathleen De Smedt. In addition, the Schoten plant is very outdated, which would require significant investment.
For this reason, the company intends to close the Schoten site. That would mean that Milcobel no longer produces its own milk drink. Inza has been producing milk since 1946, first in Borgerhout, later in pods.
On Thursday around eighty dissatisfied dairy farmers were still feeding their tractor in front of the Milcobel location in Langemark. They issued an ultimatum to the cooperative’s new CEO, who collects, processes and markets milk from 2,600 dairy farms: If the milk price does not improve by the end of the year, farmers will return with eight hundred demonstrators.