Vion to make changes to production in Germany

Vion to make changes to production in Germany

Dutch meat giant Vion has announced changes to its production network in Germany.

Vion is closing a cutting facility at its Frankfurt am Main slaughterhouse in September. Customers will be supplied from sites in Crailsheim and Hilden.

Meanwhile, the company is moving the slaughtering carried out at a production site in Anklam in north-east Germany to a plant 300km west in Bad Bramstedt, just north of Hamburg.

The company has recently invested EUR1.5m (US$1.7m) in "technical facilities" at the Bad Bramstedt site and said the plant can "easily absorb" the volume from the Anklam factory.

The Bad Bramstedt plant has a processing capacity of more than 3,000 animals per week. Vion said output at Anklam "had recently dropped to as little as 700 cattle a week". Production there will stop by 30 September.

Vion said 100 staff work at the Frankfurt facility, while 70 are employed at Anklam. A spokesperson declined to comment on the impact the moves will have on jobs.