Vion to sell UK food businesses

Company to focus on Netherlands, Germany markets

Dutch food producer Vion NV will sell its UK businesses, including 38 different sites employing 38,000 people, according to Vion. The company has said it wants to focus on core markets in the Netherlands and Germany, as well as develop its global ingredients business.

The units include poultry, pork and red meat businesses. “We have already started detailed discussions with a number of interested parties, including management, regarding the acquisition of the various parts of the UK business and these are progressing well,” said Peter Barr, chairman of Vion UK. “The level of interest in the businesses has been strong and we hope to be in a position in the near future to give further details about the progress which has been made. The sale process will be completed in a smooth and orderly fashion to ensure business continuity for our employees, agricultural and other suppliers and our customers.”