Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Wholesale Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
46 - Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

1,300 - 1,500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 November 2002
Employment effect (start)
1 November 2002
Foreseen end date
1 May 2003


Koninklijke Wessanen is a multinational food company based in the Netherlands which operates in the European, American and Canadian markets.

A first wave of redundancies (400) was announced in February 2002, a second one in August 2002 (400).

Wessanen reduced earlier than foreseen the workforce of its branch, Tree of Life North America, by 300 employees.

In August 2003, the reorganisation plan 'Phoenix' could lead to the suppression of 500 to 700 jobs above the 300 axed at Tree of Life North America.

In October 2003, 84 jobs were shed in Belgium : production of the Convenience Food Groep is concentrated in Bocholt, stopped in Essen.

In December 2003, some 95 jobs are to be axed at Tree of Life Europe. Between 35 and 55 in belgium and some 40 in the Netherlands. This measure is part of the Phoenix restructuring plan.


  • 5 May 2003: De FinanciĆ«le Telegraaf
  • 28 October 2003: Les Echos
  • 26 November 2002: De FinanciĆ«le Telegraaf
  • 27 August 2002: RTL 5 NL
  • : (www.wessanen.com)


Eurofound (2002), Koninklijke Wessanen NV, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 60174, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60174.