OSNABRCK (dpa-AFX) – The Osnabrück chocolate manufacturer Leysieffer has filed for bankruptcy again almost two years after the restart. “The reason for the insolvency application is liquidity problems,” said Stephen Meyer, the provisional insolvency administrator of Pluta-Rechtswalts GmbH, on Monday. The company has seen a huge drop in sales over the past few months. Leysieffer GmbH & Co. “In addition, there have recently been sharp increases in raw material and energy costs and the ongoing consequences of the ongoing corona pandemic,” says the statement on the KG’s insolvency application.
Meyer said he is currently in talks with the Federal Employment Agency about paying out insolvency money to around 200 employees. In the first statement, the Federal Agency denied the claim for insolvency money. Most of the staff would have had to be laid off and all branches had to be temporarily closed.
“We are currently engaged in high-pressure constructive discussions with decision-makers at the Federal Employment Agency to ensure that Lacifer employees continue to receive bankruptcy benefits,” the statement said. He personally does not think the rejection of the application is justified, Meyer explained. However, some factual and legal issues still need to be clarified, since this is post-insolvency proceedings.
According to the statement, Lacifer CEO Anna Winkler said employees hope business will continue and that the interim trustee can persuade the federal agency to change its decision. However, such a decision must be made very soon, “because otherwise it would hardly be possible to resume business operations”.
According to the information, Leysieffer produces high-quality confectionery such as chocolate, pralines or fruit spreads at twelve locations in Germany and operates cafés, bistros and shops. In the spring of 2020, Leysieffer completed insolvency proceedings on his own responsibility./eks/DP/jha