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HKScan sells Swedish slaughterhouse

07 Jan 2015

Finland-based meat processor HKScan is continuing the wide-ranging efforts to reshape its business with the sale of Swedish slaughterhouse Bertil Erikssons Slakteri.

HKScan, which is streamlining operations across its business, said today (7 January) it had sold the asset to Swedish meat business Siljans Chark AB, in which it owns a 39.3% stake.

Göran Holm, executive vice president for HKScan’s consumer business in Scandinavia, said HKScan was centralising production at four other sites in Sweden.

“The sale of Bertil Erikssons Slakteri in Bäsinge will streamline HKScan’s production structure. The deal will also consolidate Siljans Chark’s role as a leading local slaughterhouse in Ickholmen in central Sweden, which will benefit local producers, consumers and at the same time improve our industrial structure and efficiency,” Holm said.

HKScan’s moves to consolidate its production in Sweden led last year to it closing a plant in the country. Last January, HKScan also struck a deal to sell its 49% stake in Swedish meat firm Nyhléns & Hugosons Chark.

Today’s announcement comes a week after the company announced plans to restructure two of its plants in Denmark – a move it expects to lead to up to 95 staff lose their jobs.

Just before Christmas, HKScan announces plans to sell an egg business in Estonia and the bulk of a hatchery unit in Finland.

2014 also saw HKScan cut management jobs in Finland and sell its half of a venture in Poland.