Official Opening of Vion´s New Cattle Slaughterhouse in Waldkraiburg
Waldkraiburg, 10 September 2018 – White-blue sky, late summer temperatures of 21 degrees and good mood on all sides. Upper Bavaria showed off its most beautiful side on Saturday, when COO Bernd Stange welcomed guests from politics, society, agriculture and customers of the company to the official opening of the most modern beef production location of Vion in Waldkraiburg.
In his welcome speech, Stange emphasized the significance of the Waldkraiburg location for the company. After completed renovation and expansion of the facility, Vion Waldkraiburg is now not only considered the most technically advanced cattle slaughterhouse in Europe, but also one of the largest. “With the new expansion stage, we slaughter and process 5,000 cattle per week, which are delivered almost 100 percent from Bavaria,” explained Stange. “And more than 85 percent of the animals belong to the Simmental breed, grown up here in the heart of the Simmental breeding area.”
In the past two years, Vion has invested 22.6 million euros in Waldkraiburg. “For a few weeks now, we have been operating at full capacity and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues Klaus Erber, Matthias Strigl, Rainer Hartmann and the 550 employees for their dedicated work over the last two years during the rebuilding phase whilst ongoing production.” said Stange.
Vion’s new CEO, Ronald Lotgerink, emphasized that Vion pays particular attention to its day-to-day responsibility for the environment, sustainability, transparency and animal welfare. These topics have been high on Vion’s agenda for many years. “The results of reducing CO2 emissions, the conservation of water in the production, the appropriate disposal and the sustainable use of energy and production on our own farms are on an equal footing with our business results,” said Lotgerink. “We as Vion are aware of our social responsibility.”
The refinement president of the Bavarian Farmers´Association Gerhard Stadler took up the last words of Lotgerink and emphasized in his speech, “Animal welfare is a mega-topic from husbandry to the end of the production chain”. Everyone is required, farmers, industry, trade, but also consumers, who have to pay more for higher standards. In case of animal welfare Vion did an important step by the expansion.
In the evening, after the official opening, the employees and their families were invited to the marquee. Until late in the evening, the start of a new future for Vion in Waldkraiburg was celebrated – accompanied by Bavarian brass music and traditional (beef) delicacies.
Vion is an international meat producer with production locations in the Netherlands and Germany and sales support offices in thirteen countries worldwide. In 2017, Vion had a turnover of € 5.1 billion and 11,800 employees.
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