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Vion announce end of UK operations

VION NV has announced plans to sell of all UK food businesses in a bid to concentrate on markets in the Netherlands and Germany.

The Dutch company, which recently closed the Halls of Broxburn pig meat processing plant, has said they are confident it will successfully sell its UK pork, red meat and poultry business units.

It employs some 2,300 people in Scotland, including about 1,000 at a poultry processing plant in Coupar Angus. Vion also runs the McIntosh Donald red meat plant at Portlethen, near Aberdeen.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "Clearly this news will be a concern for Scotland's farmers, Vion employees and suppliers, particularly coming hard on the heels of the Halls of Broxburn closure.

"Here in Scotland we are renowned for the high quality of our food and drink thanks to our fine natural ingredients. Food and drink is a growth sector and we will work hard with industry stakeholders and others to ensure that this can continue."

(For the full story see The Scottish Farmer this week, November 24 2012)

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