Danish Crown to create more than 200 jobs in Denmark

Danish Crown to create more than 200 jobs in Denmark

Danish pork giant Danish Crown is to create 260 new jobs at two of its domestic slaughterhouses.

The cooperative said around 200 of the jobs would be based at its facility in Ringsted, with 60 at a site further north in Sæby. The company slaughters pigs at six locations in Denmark.

Danish Crown said the jobs were needed to handle an increase in the number of pigs coming through the co-op's abbatoirs for slaughter.

The business has recently taken on various new suppliers, and many of their pigs will be ready for slaughter by September, so the company is looking to recruit the extra staff over the summer months.

"It's wonderful that after ten years of falling supplies, we are now seeing an increase in the supply of slaughter pigs. This means that we can increase production and welcome new employees instead of having to cut capacity," Per Laursen, Danish Crown's senior vice president for production, said.

Danish Crown admitted two months ago it feared it may have to close down an abbatoir and slash jobs within the next 12 months. However, it said today those moves were "no longer a likely scenario".

CEO Jais Valeur pointed to recent investment from the Danish government and the company's own plans to grow the business. "There is no doubt that the Danish government's growth package for the agricultural sector and the subsidy scheme for new pig housing units have sparked renewed optimism in the industry," Valeur said. "At the same time, the growth package adopted by our board of representatives at the beginning of May is also clearly having an effect, which is very positive."

Last month, Danish Crown reported a slight dip in first-half earnings but said revenue was at a record high, as a result of "good market conditions and a strong sales performance", which was boosted by Asian demand for pork.