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Employees go on strike at Frosta frozen foods factory in Germany

Employees go on strike at Frosta frozen foods factory in Germany Frozen Food and Beverage Business

German frozen-food group Frosta experienced a “warning strike” at its headquarters in Bremerhaven as employees demanded higher wages. The walkout, organized by German trade union Die Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten (NGG), lasted two hours, signaling a potential for extended strike action if demands are not met.

The Bremerhaven facility is Frosta’s largest site, focusing on the production of frozen fish, ready meals, vegetables, fruits, and noodles. Approximately 200 workers participated in the strike, seeking a 12% wage increase for all 700 employees and advocating for full-time contracts for trainees.

Initially offering a 2.6% increase for 2024 and a 1.9% rise for the following year, Frosta’s proposal was deemed inadequate by workers, given the company’s record profits in 2023. Despite requests for comment, Frosta remained silent on the matter.

With €639m ($692m) in revenue and 1,665 employees across production and sales units in various European countries, Frosta is a prominent player in the frozen food market. The company produces a variety of frozen products under its brand and for private labels, catering to retail and foodservice sectors.

Negotiations for a new wage agreement are scheduled, aiming to address the workers’ demands in light of Frosta’s financial success. Stay tuned for updates on this developing story in the food and beverage industry trends.

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