Food industry to lay off 600 workers

Sales in the food industry are expected to decline 3 percent in real terms this year for the first time in a decade.

By SHARON WROBEL
March 18, 2009 09:39

Food businesses and factories are expected to lay off 600 workers this year, according to Gadi Lissin, chairman of the Israel Manufacturers Association's food industry division and CEO of Strauss Israel. Sales in the food industry are expected to decline 3 percent in real terms this year for the first time in a decade, he said. As a result, the number of workers in the food industry, which employs 61,000 people, is expected to fall by 1%, he said. Factories in the food industry were not under threat of collapse in the medium term, despite the recent crises at Vita Pri Galil and Of Haemek, Lissin said.


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