Vion closes manufacturing site

Vion closes manufacturing site

Vion has announced plans to close a pork production site in the Netherlands, as it works to further consolidate output.

The company said production at its Vion Food Helmond site will be switched to its Vion Food Boxtel facility 36km further north. The move will lead to 130 jobs being lost.

"This efficiency measure is necessary to restore results on the highly competitive pork market," the group emphasised.

Vion has embarked on a comprehensive restructuring programme that has seen it separate its food and ingredients interestsin a bid to improve profitability at its struggling food business. The company is restructuring its operations in the Netherlands and Germany, where it is increasing its focus on the pork and beef markets. Vion said the decision to shutter Vion Helmond was part of this process.

The changes in the Netherlands and Germany follow a decision last year to quit the UK.

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VION Food Netherlands to concentrate production

VION Food Netherlands will further concentrate its pork activities. To this end, VION Food Boxtel will take over the activities of VION Food Helmond. The Helmond location will be closed. This decision is the result of VION Food Group's new course which was announced on 24 April 2013. The change is part of the restructuring of food activities in the Netherlands and Germany. This efficiency measure is necessary to restore results on the highly competitive pork market.

The change will affect the jobs of 130 of its own staff. VION will do its utmost to re-assign staff internally. This partly depends on the redundancy scheme to be agreed upon. The Group Works Council at VION Food Netherlands has been asked for its recommendations with regard to the proposed decision.

Original source: Vion Foods