Dutch food group Vion has announced plans to separate its food and ingredients operations into two distinct operating units.

The company said today (25 April) the move would strengthen its struggling food unit as it looks to improve results through a reorganisation in the Netherlands and Germany, where it will focus on the pork and beef markets.

“The Netherlands, Germany and a number of select international markets are geographically aligned in such a way that they offer Vion Food significant opportunities to achieve far-reaching operational integration, synergy and a considerably lower cost base,” Vion said.

Vion is in the process of withdrawing from the UK, a market where the group’s meat businesses have struggled to turn a profit.

The group added it is seeking a new “co-shareholder” to help drive further growth in ingredients.

The decision to divide the food and ingredients arms will leave Vion “strongly financial in character”, the group claimed.