August 12, 2016
Pork firm Tican moving some operations out of Denmark
Danish pork producer Tican is relocating parts of its operations out of Denmark to be more competitive in the markets it serves, particularly the English market.
The company, which was acquired by the German Tönnies Group in February, said it plans to move its operations for deboning of legs, currently in Thisted town, and bacon processing in Ansager to Germany and the UK, respectively, by October 1.
Tican explained that it has experienced increasing difficulties in producing value-added bacon products at competitive prices to the English market. "The new membership of the Tönnies Group has now made it possible to change the setup for the production which will support competitiveness", it said.
CEO Ove Thejls said that in the long term the deboning of legs would be eventually moved, also to the UK.
"It is obviously regrettable that this decision on the short term leads to loss of jobs in Denmark, but we keep working hard with plans for growth and investments in other areas, which in time is expected to lead to a positive development in employment", Thejls said.
Around 80 persons, 55 of whom are employed in the pork legs department and 25 in the bacon department, would be affected by the relocations. "From now on a dialogue between the company and the employees starts in order to establish possible options to reduce consequences on employment" Thejls said.