Internal restructuring
Övre Norrland; Norrbottens län;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.71 - Manufacture of bread; manufacture of fresh pastry goods and cakes

131 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 September 2020
Employment effect (start)
2 September 2020
Foreseen end date


Polarbröd, a Swedish manufacturer of soft and hard flatbread has started co-operation negotiations as a result of an accidental fire in a factory in Älvsbyn, located in northern Sweden. The fire resulted in a total destruction of the building. In a press release, Polarbröd announces that it will take at least two years to rebuild the factory.  This may lead to a reduction of approximately 131 blue collar employees that were working at the affected factory. 

The board of Polarbröd, in cooperation with the Swedish public employment service and the municipality, seeks to find alternative solutions for the affected employees, inclunding enrolling employees in targeted education at home. Polarbröd  also hopes to be able to offer working opportunities at their other factories.

After the fire, the Government promised support for the small municipality with a population of 5,000 inhabitants, where the burnt down factory is located. 



Eurofound (2020), Polarbröd, Internal restructuring in Sweden, factsheet number 101683, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101683.