VION Food Netherlands realigns business support operations

VION Food Netherlands is to realign its business support operations in order to further improve efficiency. This is crucial to consolidate its position within the highly competitive food market. The restructuring encompasses the centralisation of financial processes and management support services, and will potentially impact 110 members of staff. The expectation is that approximately 62 staff will be offered alternative positions. A further 48 staff will, therefore, potentially be made redundant. VION Food Netherlands has requested advice from the Group Works Council concerning the proposal. VION Food Netherlands will arrive at a redundancy scheme in consultation with the unions as appropriate.

Centralised

VION Food Netherlands proposes to transfer the production locations’ financial processes to a central Shared Service Centre. A single, central back office will be made responsible for all client contact in this area. The company’s logistics activities will be concentrated at the Distrifresh Boxtel location, and Distrifresh Vaassen’s logistics activities will be terminated. De Groene Weg, VION Food Netherlands’ organic meat productionoperation, will be concentrated at VION Enschede (organic beef) and VION Groenlo (organic pork). VION Food Netherlands expects to conclude the restructuring to the organisation by mid-2013.

VION Food Group

VION N.V. is an internationally operating food company with two core activities, Food and Ingredients. The company produces high quality food and ingredients for humans and animals. VION has an annual turnover of €8.9 billion and employs more than 26,500 staff. VION is a non-listed company and has a single agricultural shareholder: the Zuidelijke Land- en tuinbouworganisatie ZLTO [Dutch Southern Farmers and Market Gardeners Union] which has 18,000 members. VION’s head office is located in Eindhoven (NL). VION Food Netherlands has two business units: pork and beef. The company produces and processes high quality pork and beef products at nine production locations in the Netherlands. The company supplies tailor-made products and innovative concepts to retail, industrial and food service clients in the Netherlands, Europe and the rest of the world.

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For further information: Marc van der Lee, Director Corporate Communications VION N.V. Tel. No.: +31 88 9953731. E-mail: marc.van.der.lee@vionfood.com