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newsBL Premium reports that industrial major Barloworld has entered consultations with organised labour and affected stakeholders to restructure parts of its local Ingrain operations, which could lead to dozens of job losses.

CEO Dominic Sewela said the performance of its consumer industries company Ingrain — one of Africa’s largest producers of unmodified and modified starch, glucose, and other related products — reflected consumer confidence, which was particularly challenged in SA. “To that extent, we have declared a section 189 [process] in the Ingrain business. An organisational restructure has commenced as part of a broader turnaround plan to right-size Ingrain in line with its trading activity. This will position the business to deliver acceptable target returns,” he indicated. Sewela added that the process began in February. About 920 people are employed and the process is expected to take up to six months. Sewela could not give further details on the number of people that will be affected, saying negotiations with unions were ongoing. Bought from Tongaat Hulett in 2020 for R5.3bn, Ingrain has a diverse customer base supporting sales in the domestic market including the alcoholic beverages sector, confectionery and prepared foods sectors.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Michelle Gumede & Jacqueline Mackenzie at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)

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