Commenting on the news that Dutch food manufacturer Vion is to sell all its UK food businesses, John Gorle, Usdaw National Officer said: “I’m extremely concerned by Vion’s decision, which has come right out of the blue and will be a real shock for our members and all the company’s workforce.
“There will undoubtedly be questions raised about the future viability of Vion’s UK food businesses, but Usdaw is firmly of the view that these can be secured with the right management, investment and strategic approach in place.
“Vion also has some explaining to do about its recent decision to close Hall’s of Broxburn. Today’s announcement clearly hasn’t been made overnight and it makes the veracity of the consultation process at Hall’s questionable at best.”
Vion NV recently announced that it is to sell its UK food businesses, which include Key Country Foods, Tranfield and Grampian Country Food Group. The company supplies a variety of meat products to the UK food industry and employs 13, 000 people at 38 sites.
Peter Barr, Chairman of VION UK said: “Working with our advisors Rabobank/Rothschild, 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.
“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.”
Vion recently announced the closure of its Scottish plant, Hall’s of Broxburn.