French group Doux, Europe’s biggest chicken and turkey meat processor has announced the closure of three of its processing plants and a distribution platform with the loss of almost 600 jobs.

Doux has seen its production fall 7-8% in recent months and last year closed one of its abattoirs in Brittany.

As a result of significant decline in duck meat consumption in Europe, two of Doux’s processing plants are to close while a turkey plant will be shut down too as well as a distribution hub.

Doux is also poised to close 100,000 square metres of chicken runs in Brittany operated by breeders under contract.

Earlier this week the French government has announced a package of aid for the sector totalling €9m.