Cargill partner Evolva cuts jobs to stem loss
Evolva will cut 43 percent of its workforce, pare locations and reduce its management by year- end as the Swiss- based sugar substitute maker seeks to arrest widening losses, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
Evolva, whose partnership with US food giant Cargill on stevia- based sweetener EverSweet has faced delays, said it will trim its headcount to 100 from 178 people to reduce operating expenses by 11 million Swiss francs ($ 11.52 million) starting in the second quarter of 2018.
The company, which previously reported its fi rst- half loss widened to 20.3 million francs, will spin off its Chennai, India, branch into an independent research and development services group. Additionally, Chief Business Offi cer Pascal Longchamp, science head Jorgen Hansen and India head Panchapagesa Murali will step down before the end of 2017.
“Our leadership and operations will be signifi cantly optimized to ensure that our products achieve their full potential and our innovation engine remains strong,” said Chief Executive Simon Waddington, who was appointed in July.
Evolva said guidance on product revenues is not expected to be aff ected by the restructuring.