Ouest; Bretagne;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.12 - Processing and preserving of poultry meat

118 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 December 2014
Employment effect (start)
15 December 2014
Foreseen end date
31 December 2014


The Commercial court of Brest has given its green light to the take over of poultry slaughterhouse Tilly-Sabco by three owners : the British company MS Food, the investment fund Breizh Algae Invest (Olmix) and the Chamber of Commerce of Morlaix. Their offer, which received the support of the works council and the staff, will keep 202 positions of a total workforce of 320 employees; 118 employees will be dismissed. The financial difficulies of Tilly-Sabco started when the European Commission  decided to stop supporting, through a yearly financial help of about 55 m euro, exportation of frozen chicken outside the EU. The new owners expect to increase the quality of poultry by feeding them with algae derived foodstuffs. The poultry farms that work for Tilly-Sabco will be invited to use the new foodstuff to avoid use of antibiotics. The aim is to develop a concept of “healthy poultry” to increase export levels to the Middle-East and Asia.

In December 2006, Tilly-Sabco cut 125 positions from a total workforce of 457 employees.


  • 7 December 2014: Les Echos


Eurofound (2014), Tilly Sabco Bretagne, Merger/Acquisition in France, factsheet number 78027, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/78027.