Internal restructuring
Est; Lorraine; Vosges
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Beverages
11.07 - Manufacture of soft drinks; production of mineral waters and other bottled waters

171 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
17 May 2023
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2023
Foreseen end date
31 December 2023


Nestlé Waters France, a subsidiary of the Swiss group Nestlé, which groups together its bottled water activities, has announced plans to cut 171 jobs at its Vittel site (Vosges) between now and the end of the year. In total, the site will experience a 25% reduction in its workforce. The decision was taken in the wake of a decline in bottled water sales in Germany. Nestlé Waters is committed to minimizing forced departures, and will be offering end-of-career solutions and internal mobility.  According to a former union representative, the plant had approximately 2,100 employees in 2005. Waves of modernisation and reductions in production volumes (partially related to drought and climate change) have led to a significant decrease in the workforce, which is expected to stabilise at 550.

Update 27/10/2023: Nestlé Waters France and the trade unions have reached an agreement on 24 October to avoid forced dismissal. The reduction of 171 positions will primarily occurred through pre-retirement scheme, around 30 voluntary departures and some internal mobilities.

The group has already cut around a hundred jobs at this site in 2019 through unreplaced departures (FR-Nestlé-Waters-Supply-Est-2019).



Eurofound (2023), Nestlé Waters Supply Est, Internal restructuring in France, factsheet number 109138, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/109138.