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October 25, 2013

FRANCE: Poultry firm Glon eyes plant closure

French food company Glon has put forward plans to close a loss-making poultry abbatoir acquired last year from local peer Doux.

By Dean Best

French food company Glon has put forward plans to close a loss-making poultry abbatoir acquired last year from local peer Doux.

Glon, which is majority-owned by French agribusiness Sofiprotéol, is looking to shut a site in Boynes in central France.

Eighty one staff work at the facility. The company said it would look at finding alternative roles within its business for the affected employees.

Glon acquired the plant last year from Doux -which had entered administration and was selling off assets – in tandem with another French poultry processor, Duc.

Explaining the reasons for the plan to close the plant, Glon pointed to what it called “the current crisis” France’s poultry sector, as well as “strong competition” from northern Europe.

Glon added it had agreed a deal with Duc that had seen its partner leave the venture that acquired the plant. Its plan to close the facility will be heard at a meeting on 30 October.

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