VION NV Announces Sale of UK Food Operations

Dutch-based food producer VION NV has announced that it has embarked on a process to sell its UK food businesses to concentrate on its core markets in the Netherlands and Germany and the development of its global ingredients business. 

VION NV is confident that it will successfully sell its UK pork, red meat and poultry business units as ongoing viable businesses.  

Peter Barr, chairman of VION UK said: “Working with our advisors Rabobank/Rothschild, we have already started detailed discussions with a number of interested parties, including management, regarding the acquisition of the various parts of the UK business and these are progressing well. 

“The level of interest in the businesses has been strong and we hope to be in a position in the near future to give further details about the progress which has been made. 

“The sale process will be completed in a smooth and orderly fashion to ensure business continuity for our employees, agricultural and other suppliers and our customers.” 

VION NV entered the UK in the late 1990’s with the acquisition of Key Country Foods, followed by Tranfield and subsequently Grampian Country Food Group in 2008 and today employs 13,000 people at 38 sites in the UK. The company supplies beef, lamb, pork and chicken products to a broad range of blue-chip customers across the food retailing, food manufacturing and food service sectors.  

In October, VION NV announced that it had entered into an agreement for the sale of US-based Banner Pharmacaps, a specialised manufacturer and developer of soft gel caps for the pharmaceutical industry, to Patheon Inc. 

The strategic decision of VION NV move follows an analysis of VION’s UK food operations and will see the group returning to its core activities, focusing entirely on its food operations in the Netherlands and Germany and its global food ingredients business.

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VION N.V. is an internationally operating food company with two core activities: Food and Ingredients. The group produces high-quality foodstuffs for humans and animals. VION's turnover is €9.5 billion and the company employs 26,500 staff. VION is not a listed company and has one shareholder, the Dutch Zuidelijke Land- en Tuinbouworganisatie (ZLTO), an agricultural and horticultural association with some 18,000 members. The VION head office is in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.




VION UK produces and processes high quality beef, lamb, pork, bacon and chicken in addition to convenience products such as sausages, cooked meats and added value cooked chicken across its 38 sites in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland.  The group’s extensive facilities across the UK range from farms and hatcheries to primary production, processing and packing.