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Major bakery to close Rīga production center

Lantmännen Unibake, a leading international baked goods producer group in the Nordic countries, plans to close its bakery in Rīga, newswire LETA said March 1.

Lantmännen Unibake operates four bakeries in the Baltic region, and in Latvia the company is represented by AS “Hanzas maiznīca”. According to a release by Lantmännen Unibake, the company “considers consolidating production into its Finnish, Estonian and Lithuanian bakeries” and to invest in high-speed production lines. At the same time, it is planned to close production in Latvia by transferring it to Lithuania and Estonia.

It is planned to implement the changes by the first quarter of 2022 and as a result, up to 90 employees of the factory in Rīga could lose their jobs.

“The bread market in the Baltic continues to undergo major changes. Therefore, in order to be able to adapt to these changes directly affected by consumer habits, we need to create the conditions for future growth by investing in innovation and increasing business efficiency. Latvia remains one of the main markets for Lantmännen Unibake”, said Asso Lankots, president of the company in the Baltic.

Lantmännen Unibake will continue to pursue commercial activities in Latvia.

“We are aware of the impact of this decision on the employees in Latvia, so we will do everything to ensure that in the process of change workers receive all the necessary support, including compensation under state law and practical career support,“ said Uģis Mihņevičs, head of Hanzas maiznīca.

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