DENMARK – Danish Crown, a Danish meat processing company, has put forward a proposal to shut down its abattoir located in Ringsted, Denmark, a move that could result in the displacement of nearly 1,200 employees.

This decision comes amidst what the company describes as a challenging period spanning the past two years for Danish pig slaughter production. 

The company aims to reallocate its future investments towards processing pigs into value-added products like bacon and pepperoni, transitioning away from its traditional role as a raw material supplier.

Jais Valeur, the Group CEO at Danish Crown, acknowledged the gravity of the decision, expressing regret over bidding farewell to numerous skilled and valued colleagues.

However, he emphasized the necessity of this measure in the company’s quest to evolve into a modern food enterprise. 

To facilitate this transition, the Danish Crown has earmarked DKK 250 million (approximately $35.66 million) for future investments over the next three years. 

The company plans to create approximately 300 new positions at its facilities in Horsens, Herning, Vejen, and Blans near Sønderborg. 

Despite the proposed closure of the Ringsted abattoir, the Danish Crown assures its commitment to support affected employees through a comprehensive social plan. 

Jesper Sørensen, the Senior Vice President of Fresh Production at Danish Crown, highlighted the implementation of measures to assist laid-off workers in securing alternative employment opportunities. 

The company will offer interviews to every affected employee, exploring potential roles within Danish Crown’s other operations. 

Additionally, funding will be allocated for training and educational programs to facilitate the transition to new employment avenues.

If the proposal is approved, the closure of the Ringsted abattoir is slated to take place in mid-September 2024. 

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