Westvlees, Covalis plan pork merger
Belgian pork processors Westvlees and Covalis are planning a merger
Belgian pork processing groups Westvlees and Covalis have outlined plans to merge.
A framework agreement between the two was signed on Tuesday (31 March) to create a company called the Belgian Pork Group, subject to the approval of local regulators.
The group will process four million pigs per year - one third of the Belgian market, a joint statement claimed.
The Belgian Pork Group, the companies said, is a "shared vision" of sustainable pork production. It will invest in better genetics to guarantee maximum benefits for farmers, slaughterhouses and processors, they added.
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