A French pork and turkey production plant partly-owned by Société Bretonne de Volaille (SBV), a subsidiary of French poultry group LDC, is set to close in March as it is no longer economically viable.

All 115 staff at the Brittany plant, which trades as Rohan Viandes Élaboration (RVE), are to be offered jobs at neighbouring sites run by SBV and RVE’s other shareholder, the Les Ateliers du Goût, a ready meals specialist, a spokesperson for SBV told just-food today (3 October).

“Given its insufficient size and dual pork and turkey activity, RVE’s plant is simply not adapted to modern production requirements,” the spokesperson said. “It has lost around EUR1.6m (US$1.9m) over the past two years or so.”

Attempts had been made to find a partner in the plant but without success. The site will close in March.

“The plant is also in need of new cold chain facilities in order to meet industry norms, but at EUR4m the estimated investment is just too costly,” the spokesperson said. “The works council have been aware of the plant’s operating difficulties for some time and the planned closure will not have come as a complete surprise.” 

LDC booked EUR942.9m in sales in the first quarter ended in May, up 7% from a year earlier.