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Vion exits UK

Vion Food, the UK’s largest meat processing group, announced it was ceasing its involvement in Britain to focus on its core business areas.

Having recently closed its pork processing facility in Broxburn, Vion Food announced that it planned to dispose of all its UK meat processing interests. The group, as the UK’s largest meat processor, employed 13,000 persons in 38 sites across the country. Is interests covered beef, lamb, pork and poultry. Vion entered the UK processing market in the late 1990s with the acquisition of Key Country Foods and more recently acquired Tranfield and Grampian Country Foods.

A company statement said the move would allow the group to return to its core activities, its food operations in Holland and Germany and its global food ingredients business.

In the pork sector, Vion has processing sites at Scunthorpe, Hull, Haverhill, Malton and Cookstown (NI) as well as an 8,000 sow pig producing operation in Scotland.

The Vion move was extensively covered in the national, local and trade press – and recent reports suggested that the pork business would be sold to current management, with private equity backing.