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French food co-operative Terrena has confirmed to just-food that it is embarking on an investment programme to modernise the production plants of its poultry arm, Galliance, 
totalling “several tens of millions of euros”.

It includes spending of EUR34m (US$38m) on the construction of a new abattoir in Ancenis, in western France, which will be dedicated to organic and label rouge (quality assured) products and also the group’s Nouvelle Agriculture brand, positioned between organic and conventional production – business lines in which Galliance posted strong growth last year.

No date has been disclosed on when the new facility, which will replace an existing, partly obsolete one, is likely to enter service.

Investment will also target improvements at other Galliance plants including one in Languidic, in Brittany, which supplies products for sandwiches and ready meals and in Nueil-les-Aubiers (Vendée), which specialises in processed fare such as nuggets.

Turning to other areas of Terrena’s meat portfolio, the co-operative has begun negotiations with Dawn Meats to redefine the terms of their collaboration over the next four years.

The Irish group has held a 49% stake in the French group’s beef processing subsidiary, Elivia, since 2015 with the option of taking majority control this year, Terrena retaining a 
30% stake.

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