Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Helsinki and others
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10 - Manufacture of food products

326 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
19 April 2015
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Finnish dairy producer Valio has initiated employer-employee negotiations to cut 320 jobs. The negotiations encompass production, logistics and the main offices in Helsinki and concern a total of 2,900 people all over Finland.

The cuts are due to the Russian import ban, the dramatic fall in the global prices of industrial products, and a decision made by the Finnish Competition and Customer Authority which restricts Valio's ability to compete freely on the Finnish market.

Valio is a major food producer in eastern Europe and employs a total of 4,400 people. The company has 15 production plants in Finland, two in Estonia and one logistics centre in Moscow, Russia.

ERM last reported on a restructuring in Valio in 2014

Update 04-06-2015:

Valio lets go of 182 employees. In addition, many part-time employees will not be signing new contracts and some workers are retiring. In total, the workforce will be reduced by 326 full-time equivalents.


  • 19 April 2015: Helsingin Sanomat
  • 4 June 2015: Svenska YLE


Eurofound (2015), Valio, Internal restructuring in Finland, factsheet number 79382, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/79382.