Abandoned cattle food factory dating back to 1930. In 1971, a company takeover took place and in the years to come, the new owner took over even more factories in the region. When the factory grounds were sold to a project developer, this factory became abandoned and will eventually be demolished, making place for future residential projects.
What first started as a small canned food factory soon became part of one of the biggest canned-food-producing-groups in Belgium, specialized in vegetables, soups and rice pudding cans. The original Piccolo factory changed hands in 2004 when it became part of the ‘La Corbeille’-group. In 2008 another takeover took place, incorporating the old Picollo factory into the large French Bonduelle group. That same year, after little over a century of production, the factory was closed because it did not meet today’s standards anymore, rendering thousands of employees jobless. This spacious factory has recently been demolished, freeing up space for commercial activities, small businesses and housing.
Abandoned brewery, which finds its origin in the early 18th century. The brewing group officially went into business around 1730 and drastically expanded in the following decades, reaching a brewing-capacity of millions of hectoliters annually. During its heydays, this blossoming brewing empire changed hands more than once and was progressively incorporated into increasingly larger brewing companies. Nowadays, the iconic factory stands abandoned, while the beer continues to be brewed – following the original recipe – in new, state-of-the-art breweries.