Food company Orkla juggles production in Latvia and Estonia

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Norway's Orkla Group, the parent company of Põltsamaa Felix, will shift its production of mayonnaise and salad dressing to Latvia, while Gutta-brand juice production will move to Estonia. The switch will result in 13 fewer jobs at the Estonian company, reported ERR Friday.

"As juice production is in large part an automated process, it has become evident in the implementation of the new strategy that the business has too many positions in relative to its drinks production volume and, unfortunately, we will be forced to cut 13 jobs," said Põltsamaa Felix CEO Kaido Kaare.

As a result, in autumn dressings production will move to Orkla Group subsidiary Orkla Foods Latvija while juice production will move to Estonia's Põltsamaa.

Põltsamaa Felix currently employs nearly 200 people.

In 2014 Orkla Group bought Latvian confectioner and bakery NP Foods, the holder of legacy brand names Laima and Staburadze, as well as drinks-maker Gutta and Lithuania’s Margiris, adding to Orkla's large array of products including Latvia’s canned vegetable and sauce-maker Spilva, Estonia’s chocolate-company Kalev and others.

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