Location of affected unit(s)
Bad Neuenahr, Sulzbach, Liederbach
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Beverages
11.07 - Manufacture of soft drinks; production of mineral waters and other bottled waters

485 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 October 2020
Employment effect (start)
8 October 2020
Foreseen end date
28 February 2021


On 8 October, beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola announced it would cut 485 jobs in Germany. Affected are its sites in Bad Neuenahr (Rhineland-Palatine), Sulzbach (Bavaria) und Liederbach (Hesse). The company has decided to change its business plans regards the mineral water Apollinaris. Whilst the mineral water is currently still available in supermarkets, it will only be produced for consumption in hotels and restaurants in the future. Consequently, Apollinaris' production sites will be shut down or sold by March 2021. Coca-Cola announced that it will start negotiating with works' councils as soon as possible. The company wants to offer affected employees severance payments and, if possible, job transfers to other sites. The union NGG has already announced it will fight the job reduction scheme.

Alongside with the job reduction scheme, the company also announced to create some 120 new jobs. Further news on the job creation is not yet available. 

Coca-Cola currently employs 7,500 people at 29 locations in Germany. 



Eurofound (2020), Coca-Cola, Closure in Germany, factsheet number 102042, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102042.