Internal restructuring
Noord-Nederland; Friesland;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.83 - Processing of tea and coffee

90 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 July 2017
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2018


The Dutch coffee producer Douwe Egberts has announced 90 job cuts, about a quarter of its staff, at its factory in Joure (northern Netherlands). The company is investing in new machinery which means fewer staff will be necessary in the future. The job cuts, half of which will happen this year and half in 2018, will fall across the entirety of the factory and will predominantly be achieved by not keeping on flexible staff (temporary and temporary agency workers) and through attrition. A social redundancy plan is to be negotiated with the unions and redundant employees will be supported in finding new work. The unions have expressed both regret for the people losing their jobs, and satisfaction over the fact that the factory will remain operational and interpret the investments made in the factory as a sign that employment will remain in the area. Douwe Egberts is part of the American-Dutch coffee producing group Jacobs Douwe Egberts, owned by German investor JAB Holding.


  • 5 July 2017: fd.nl
  • 5 July 2017: Leeuwarder Courant
  • 5 July 2017: nrc.nl


Eurofound (2017), Douwe Egberts, Internal restructuring in Netherlands, factsheet number 91424, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/91424.