VION to close Netherlands pork plant

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EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands – VION Food Netherlands announced plans to close a pork production facility in the Netherlands as part of a strategic plan to further consolidate the company's meat production.

Vion Food Boxtel will take over the production operations of Vion Food Helmond. The switch will impact 130 jobs, but the company said it would try to assign workers to other positions within the company.

This decision is the result of Vion Food Group's new course which was announced on April 24, the company said. The change is part of the restructuring of food activities in the Netherlands and Germany. This efficiency measure is necessary to restore results on the highly competitive pork market.

The company has divested many of its holdings in the United Kingdome. Vion sold its UK red meat and poultry operations in March. The company closed both its Halls of Broxburn facility in Scotland and Welsh Country Foods, a lamb processing business in Wales. Vion also sold its UK pork operations in December 2012.
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