Alfod es Eszak; Eszak-Alfold; Hajdu-Bihar
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.81 - Manufacture of sugar

250 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
10 October 2006
Employment effect (start)
31 January 2007
Foreseen end date


Sugar refinery in Kaba, North Eastern Hungary, will be closed down as of 31 January 2007, resulting in mass redundancy of its 250 employees. CEO of the Dutch-owned plant, Eastern Sugar BV, explained that following the radical reform of the EU sugar sector adopted by EU agriculture ministers in February 2006, they see no future for their Central European plants in Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Apart from the dismissed employees, the plant closure in Kaba will affect hundreds of sugar-beet growers in the area, as well as the town's municipality because close to one fourth of its budget came from the local business tax paid by the refinery. The mayor of Kaba called upon the government to start crisis management in the area as the town is unable to handle arising problems. The Association of Sugar-beet Growers in the Kaba Area rejected the company's compensation offer which would be 10% of the restructuring fund made available by the EU, demanding 30% instead.


  • 12 October 2006: Népszabadság
  • 21 October 2006: HVG
  • 12 October 2006: Magyar Nemzet


Eurofound (2006), Kabai Cukorgyár, Closure in Hungary, factsheet number 64343, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64343.