Vion processing plant Altenburg specialises in cattle and focuses on growth

Date: 20-11-2019

Altenburg, 20 November 2019 – The future at Vion’s pork and beef processing plant in Altenburg will focus on cattle. The Thüringen site will stop the slaughter of pigs in the first quarter on 2020, with a future focus on expanding  in the beef market.

In recent years, pig production in East Germany and in the area served by Vion’s Altenburg site has been in continual decline. But the region shows great potential for growth in the area of beef due to the high density of cattle in East Germany. Vion has decided to expand and specialise its Altenburg site for this sector.

The new direction of Vion Altenburg is part of the strategy of Vion. In East Germany there is no other processing site for cattle with the exception of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Further to this, transport times of cattle from producer to the meat processing plant can be reduced significantly due to the increased capacity by this specialisation.

The site will see a reduction in its staff by around 110 employees. The company has informed its employees and their representatives and has immediately started discussions for a redundancy package.