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Food and Beverage Companies Suspend Production in Ukraine

Due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, several international manufacturers have closed their facilities’ doors, citing a concern for their workers’ safety.

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The current conditions in Ukraine have caused some international food and beverage producers to cease production in that country.

Last week, Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put said, “To make sure those people are safe … that’s the number one concern. If that means we have to close plants, because it is too dangerous, we will do so.”

The company has stayed true to its word, pausing operations in Ukraine and going even further. Mondelez is giving employees advance pay and is providing humanitarian aid, with rescue and shelter efforts at the border.

Nestlé has closed its Ukrainian factories, warehouses, and supply chain and asked employees to stay home. “At this time, all our colleagues are safe, and we remain in constant contact with them and are doing everything we can to prioritize their safety, adapting our plans in line with the changing environment,” said a Nestlé spokesperson. “We remain committed to continuing to serve the local people and have contingency plans in place to ensure we can restart the supply of our products as soon safe conditions allow.”

On the beverage side, Danish beer maker Carlsberg has stopped operations at its breweries in Kyiv and Zaporizhzhya, a move explained by a spokesperson who stated the company had instituted “initiatives in Ukraine with the aim of taking care of the safety of our employees in the country.”

Coca-Cola HBC, a bottler for the company, has closed its plant in Ukraine and sent workers home. “We will keep this under review over the coming days,” the company spokesperson said.

In addition, AB InBev Efes, a joint venture between Anheuser-Busch InBev and Anadolu Efes, has ceased local production because of the current conditions in Ukraine.

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