Danish Crown
Tight supplies of pork prompted the company to scale back its workforce.
RANDERS, Denmark – Danish Crown announced 140 layoffs at the company’s pork processing plant in Ringsted, Denmark because of a lower-than-expected increase in the supply of pigs.

The company will end the night shift at the Ringsted facility which will impact 140 individuals when slaughter stops on June 1. About 70 individuals will be offered employment as holiday relief workers until September.

Danish Crown launched a growth strategy in May 2017 to stop the decline in supplies of slaughter-ready pigs. Since Oct. 1, the company reported a 2.5 percent increase over the previous year. But the company implemented the night shift at Ringsted “…on the assumption of a 5 percent increase.”

It’s with great regret that we’ve made this decision, but unfortunately it is a necessary step,” said Per Laursen, vice president production at Danish Crown Pork. “I’m sorry that we have to say goodbye to so many highly skilled employees, who have worked hard since we started the extra night shift last summer. They have done a great job, as have their colleagues who helped to train them.”