Coronavirus: Nutella maker Ferrero donates €10m and gives employees a €750 bonus
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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures and the ongoing global emergency is calling for unprecedented efforts. While most industries in most markets have been put on hold, companies that operate in the food business are required to work even harder than usual to make sure supermarket shelves are never empty.
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Ferrero, Italian manufacturer of branded chocolate products including world famous Nutella, has decided to reward its employees in the logistics and production department by giving them a bonus for their work between March 24 and April 16. Each employee is going to receive a €750 bonus, on top of a contingency bonus they're going to receive from the government.
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The company has been running all operations remotely for about a month except for production and all necessary precautions have been taken. Employees are checked with a thermal scanner every day, they've been given medical masks and the company has also rearranged shifts to keep production running at a higher rate while also reducing the number of people in the factories at any given moment, thus making it easier for employees to keep a safe distance between one another.
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Ferrero was founded by Pietro Ferrero in 1946 and came to prominence after the invention of Nutella, hazelnut cocoa spread, in 1964. Today, Ferrero Group is still a family-run business worth about €10b. Earlier this month, the Ferrero family, like several other individuals, companies and families in Italy, have personally contributed by donating 10 million euros to the commission for national emergencies in Italy.