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Topigs CEO: rapid concentration ahead

The global market for pig genetics will see a rapid consolidation over the next couple of years.

That prediction was made by Martin Bijl, new CEO of Dutch breeding organisation Topigs at the opening of its symposium on 'The added value of modern genetic suppliers for global players in the pig industry', held near Den Bosch, the Netherlands today.

Speaking for 150 delegates he spoke of a still very fragmented global genetics market, in which even the world's biggest players only have 5 to 10% market shares. He added: 'Concentration will be going a lot faster than we all can predict. Topigs should be able to double its business in the next 10 years. Difficult, but it can be realised.

Other speakers include Daan van Doorn, Vion CEO; Plinio Barbarino on behalf of Seara Alimentos and Zhang Sanping from China Yurun Food Group.

The symposium is the official farewell for Topigs' previous CEO and founder Jan van Vugt. He was awarded a royal Dutch knighthood on Monday.

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