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HAWESTA TO CLOSE LÜBECK PLANT AND TRANSFER OPERATIONS TO SASSNITZ

HAWESTA TO CLOSE LÜBECK

Hawesta to close Lübeck plant and transfer operations to Sassnitz. Rügen Fisch AG (Rügen Fisch) has announced that it plans to transfer the production of its subsidiary, Hawesta Feinkost Hans Westphal GmbH & Co. KG (Hawesta) to Sassnitz, joining the rest of the Rügen Fisch Group in the existing manufacturing site on the island of Rügen. As a result, the Lübeck plant will be closed.

The Hawesta works council and the 200 employees were informed of these plans today, and discussions with the employee representatives are starting now. The company management would like to retain as many employees as possible for their production in Sassnitz. To this end, they are currently exploring options for supporting a move from Lübeck to Sassnitz.

The German and European canned seafood markets have seen headwinds in recent years. Rising labour, energy, ingredient, and packaging costs together with high fish and raw material prices, have led to an increasingly difficult market environment since 2019. This transfer of production is crucial for Rügen Fisch to ensure the long-term viability of the Group and to strengthen the position of the longstanding Hawesta brand to remain as competitive as possible.

Rügen Fisch supports the programme of the independent and non-profit environmental organisation Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the world’s leading certification programme for sustainably caught fish and seafood. The MSC Environmental Standard focuses on the protection of global fish stocks, minimal impact on the ecosystem and effective management. If MSC certification is possible, they only use fish from certified fisheries, easily recognisable by the blue MSC seal on the canned foods.

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