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Wednesday 4th September 2013.
Chris Harris - TheMeatSite Editor in Chief

Chris Harris
Editor in Chief


Danish Crown Workers Invest in Pig Production to Save Jobs

In a ground breaking move slaughterhouse workers at Danish Crown in Denmark are to invest pay in pig production in a bid to reverse the drop in the number of jobs at the company slaughterhouses.

The intention is to re-establish pig production among the company members, who supply the Danish Crown slaughterhouses and in the process boost slaughterhouse jobs.

The idea has been put forward by the committee of union representatives in Danish Crown and will see DKK600 million invested over the next four years.

"It is a ground-breaking proposal which must, of course, be submitted to all our colleagues for a vote,” said Lars Mose, chairman of the committee of union representatives in Danish Crown.

“However, the trend, which we have now been witnessing for several years has also been quite drastic in terms of the number of colleagues we have at the pig slaughterhouses in Denmark. We want to reverse this trend. This is all about our jobs,"

The initiative was taken by the committee of union representatives, and the proposal has been negotiated with the management of the group’s pork division, DC Pork. "This is an admirable and very responsible step by the committee of union representatives," said CEO of DC Pork Jesper Friis.

At Europe’s other major pig and meat processing company, VION Foods, the consolidation and reorganisation is continuing.

In Germany, VION is to close and divest itself of some of its smaller slaughterhouses and processing plants and concentrate pork production by strengthening its major regional sites.

Under the new company set-up, the slaughterhouses and meat cutting plants in Emstek and Zeven in the German federal state of Lower Saxony and in Perleberg in the federal state of Brandenburg will occupy a central position.

As part of this restructuring operation, VION Food intends to close its branches in Kasel-Golzig (VION Lausitz GmbH) and Minden (Atlas-Handelsgesellschaft mbH).

These two slaughterhouses each process 5,000 pigs a week.

In future, the Minden suppliers will deliver to VION's Emstek and Zeven sites, while Perleberg and Altenburg will serve the producers who used to deliver to VION Lausitz.

VION Food said it has decided to implement this restructuring operation in order to further secure the company's strong roots within the regional agricultural sector.

In the US, a leading shareholder in pig meat processing giant Smithfield Foods is calling on shareholders to vote against the proposed merger with Chinese processor Shuanghui International to give time for an alternative offer to be put forward.

The move comes just days before Smithfield is due to report its latest quarterly trading figures to the market.

The shareholder, Jeffrey Smith, Managing Member, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of hedge fund, Starboard Value is reported to be close to finding an alternative buyer for the company, which will offer a higher price than Shuanghui International Holdings Limited.

Mr Smith has sent a letter to fellow Smithfield shareholders, explaining that his company is in discussion with a group of buyers to offer an alternative higher acquisition price for the world's largest pork processor and pig producer.

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Global Meat Industry News

   United States

Call to Smithfield Shareholders to Vote against Shuanghui Merger
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Hillshire Brands Acquires Jerky Producer
Economic Conditions Effect Packing Sectors
Weekly Cattle Summary: Feedlot Numbers Down
CME: August Trading Concludes With Generally Lower Prices, Friday
Hog Outlook: PEDv Confirmed in More Farms
Appeal Court Rules in Favour of Workers in Donning and Doffing Case
FSIS Approves Chinese Plants to Export Poultry Meat to US
US Farm Bill Soon to be Finalised
Appeals Court Overturns Pilgrim’s Pride Damages Award to Growers
Tracking Antibiotic-resistant Strains of Salmonella
Coalition Issues Principles for TPP Agreement
US Set for Record Agricultural Exports
CME: August Cattle Futures Post 35 Cent Gains, Wednesday
Pilgrim's Pride Invests in Feed, Processing Plants
Meat Stocks Follow Seasonal Fall in US
CME: Futures Close Lower, Tuesday
FSIS to Change Salmonella Verification Sampling Programme
Terra Renewal Services Acquisition Completed

   United Kingdom

Egg Ban Overturned
2 Sisters Appoints Dame Lucy Neville-Rolfe Non-Executive Director
New FSA Plan to Tackle Campylobacter
LMC: Slaughter Figures Up
Ian Smith Passes Away
Healthy Rise for Sheep Meat Exports
VMD Calls for Responsible Use of Antibiotics


Delays in Resolution of US COOL
Manitoba Cattle Enhancement Levy Ends
Forward Pricing Allows Pork Producers to Minimise Risk
Pig Industry Sustained Profitability Forecast


Slaughterhouse Workers to Invest in Pig Production


Sonac Ovine Plasma Powder Targets Pet Food Market


VION Concentrates German Pork Production
Minister Calls for Improvements in Food Inspection


Bird Flu Infection Confirmed in Italian Poultry Worker


Ter Beke Steady Results Despite Horse Meat Scandal


Workshops on Entire Male Pigs and Boar Taint
Spanish Food Consumption Declines

   European Union

EU Pig Prices Consolidation
Will Brussels Try to Fudge Origin-of-Pork Labelling?


Growing Beef Sector Turns Attention to New Markets

   Russian Federation

Alliance Exports to Jamie Oliver Restaurant in Russia
Cherkizovo Sees Profits Slide
Russia Acts against Illegal Meat and Feed Products


Fish Sales Increased in Ireland During 2012
Retailer to Use World's First Database for Pigs


Kerala's Small-scale Poultry Farmers Facing Crisis
Indian Buffalo Meat Challenges Rice in Export Markets
Poultry Farmers, Traders Launch Indefinite Stir


Turning Waste into Fertiliser
Thomas Foods Buys Mondello Farms


Chicken Value and Exports Remain High
Increase in Supply of Slaughter Pigs
Stable Outlook for JBS SA and JBS USA

   South Africa

Rainbow Chicken, Country Bird Report Dismal Figures


Chinese Food Prices Rise
China Has Growing Appetite for Beef
Australia Largest Beef and Sheep Meat Supplier to China
Ministry Pursues Perdue over Imported Chickens

   New Zealand

Green Light for Red Meat


Honduras Shrimps Hit by Mexican Tariff


Sustainable Fish Programme Launched in Poland


Russia Lifts Ban of Breeding Pig Imports from Lithuania


Kazakhstan to Grow Beef Herd

   Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Red Meat Imports Hit Record Levels
Scotch Beef at Hong Kong Trade Fair


Ukraine Can Become 'Major Beef Exporter'


Save Food Campaign Launched in Asia-Pacific
Cargill Upgrades Poultry Processing Plant in Thailand
Call for End to Food Price Freeze


Lower Prices Force Beef Export Volumes Up


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