Danish Crown to cut 900 jobs
Meat packing giant Danish Crown has announced it will
lay off 900 workers, closing its plants in the Jutland towns of Vojens and
NykÃ¸bing Mors, the Copenhagen post has reported.
Around another 150 employees will be let go from the company's plant in
Holsterbro, also in Jutland.
combination of a poor pork production economy across Europe and the lack of
environmental approvals from the Danish authorities meant that we had to make a
quick decision to maintain the company's strength," said Kjeld Johannesen,
Danish Crown's chief executive.
Johannesen said the company had been
operating at only about 80 percent capacity over the past few weeks. He said the
pork industry was entering into a slower period, but said the severity of the
downturn left the company no other alternative than to cut jobs.
Danish Crown is Europe's largest
meat packing company and the world's second largest pig slaughterhouse. It is
co-operatively owned by 13,500 Danish pig farmers and slaughters an average of
20 million pigs each year.
â€¢ The Copenhagen
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