Some Manufacturers Suspending Production in Ukraine Following Attack

Feb. 24, 2022
Some food and beverage companies are suspending production in the Ukraine following Russia's invasion into the country.

A number of companies are suspending production or limiting output in the Ukraine following Russia's invasion on Thursday. Reuters and CNN are reporting that Carlsberg, Coca-Cola HBS, Mondelez, and Nestle have either closed or are considering closing plants in the region.  

Brewer Carlsberg has halted operations at two Ukrainian breweries in Kyiv and the southern city of Zaporizhzhya. According to reports, Coca-Cola HBC, a bottler for the Atlanta-based beverage manufacturer, closed its plant in Ukraine, and asked staff in the country to remain at home.

Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put told Reuters on late Wednesday that it will close its plants in Ukraine if the country's tensions with Russia escalate and become "too dangerous." Nestlé has indicated it has "temporarily closed" its factories, warehouses and supply chain in Ukraine and has recommended its employees to stay home.

Updated February 28: 

According to one report, Nestle SA and AB InBev Efes, a joint venture between Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and Anadolu Efes, have halted production because of the attacks. 

Cargill, which has 500 employees in Ukraine, has told employees in the region not to come to work so they "they, like all Ukrainians, could try to secure a safe location for themselves and their families." On Thursday, a ship chartered by Cargill, was struck by a missile while leaving a Black Sea port on Ukraine's southern border. According to reports, the entire crew is safe and accounted for and the ship was rerouted to Romania.

ADM says it has stopped operating its facilities in Ukraine, where they employs more than 630 people. And Bunge, which employs more than a thousand workers in Ukraine, temporarily suspended its own operations at two processing facilities in Ukraine. 

This is an ongoing story. We'll report more as information becomes available. 

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