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

134 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 December 2016
Employment effect (start)
2 January 2017
Foreseen end date
31 March 2017


The Commercial court of Brest has given its green light to the take over of poultry slaughterhouse Tilly-Sabco by the Dutch group Wegdam Foof Link. About 134 employees of a total of 195 will be dismissed. Tilly-Sabco was placed in receivership since July 2016. The new owner promised to keep 61 employees. In 2014, Tilly-Sabco was taken over 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, maintained 202 positions of a total workforce of 320 employees; 118 employees were dismissed. As reported then, the financial difficulties of Tilly-Sabco started when the European Commission decided to stop supporting, through a yearly financial help of about €55 million, exportation of frozen chicken outside the EU.  But the consortium failed to develop the site. The new owners expect to hire 25 more people as it focusses its activity on sausages production. The poultry activity will stop. In the 80', the site employed about 800 people. The 134 dismissed employees will receive their dismissal letter at the beginning of January.


  • 17 December 2016: Le Télégramme de Brest
  • 16 December 2016: Franceinfo.tv


Eurofound (2016), Tilly-Sabco, Merger/Acquisition in France, factsheet number 89685, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/89685.