One of France's leading pork processing groups, Cooperl Arc Atlantic, has said it plans to invest around EUR30m (US$42m) in 2009.

Investment will focus on extending capacity as its abattoir in Saint-Maixent, in Western France from 20,000 tonnes annually to 28,000 tonnes.

Cooperl Arc Atlantic was formed through this year's merger between Cooperl and Arca.

Following the merger, the company cut 200 jobs in an EUR7m redundancy programme.