VION Food Germany to strengthen and concentrate pork production

VION Food has decided to strengthen its major regional sites in Germany. Under the new company set-up, the slaughterhouses and meat cutting plants in Emstek and Zeven in the German federal state of Lower Saxony and in Perleberg in the federal state of Brandenburg will occupy a central position. The Executive Board and the Management Team intend to improve VION Food's overall efficiency through this concentration. Smaller sites used by the Business Unit Pork will be divested.

As a consequence of this restructuring operation, VION Food intends to close its branches in Kasel-Golzig (VION Lausitz GmbH) and Minden (Atlas-Handelsgesellschaft mbH). These two slaughterhouses each process 5,000 pigs a week. In future, the Minden suppliers will deliver to VION's Emstek and Zeven sites, whereas Perleberg and Altenburg will serve the producers who used to deliver to VION Lausitz.

VION Food has decided to implement this restructuring operation in order to further secure the company's strong roots within the regional agricultural sector. Nothing will change for customers from the meat-processing industry and food retail: they will continue to receive their goods in the same manner and with the same tried and trusted quality and freshness they are accustomed to.

In the context of the economic and strategic optimisation of its 39 German sites, which was initiated in April 2013, VION Food has decided that frozen convenience production at the Wunstorf site is no longer part of the core business. The sales process for this part of the company will start soon.

were informed of the planned measures today, Friday. VION Food's intention to close the plants in Kasel-Golzig and Minden may affect a maximum of 113 of its own employees and some 85 people hired through external service providers. The first thing to do now is to plan meetings with the Works Councils in order to discuss compensation and redundancy schemes. Timely termination of the contracts with external service providers has been scheduled.

VION N.V. is an internationally operating company with two core activities: Food and Ingredients. The Dutch company produces high-quality foodstuffs for humans and animals. In 2011, VION's turnover amounted to €9.5 billion. In early 2013, VION employed well over 21,000 staff. VION is not a listed company and has a single, agricultural shareholder, the Zuidelijke Land- en Tuinbouworganisatie (ZLTO), an agricultural and horticultural association with some 18,000 members.

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For further information:
Marc van der Lee, Director Communications VION Food
Tel. No.: +31 88 995 37 31.