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Plukon Food Group at international food fair ANUGA

The international food fair ANUGA in Cologne, Germany, will host key players of the food and beverage industry and opens its doors on the 7th of October. 

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CPO Kees van Oers announces departure from Plukon

CPO Kees van Oers has notified the Supervisory Board of Plukon Food Group of his wish to conclude his employment as of 1 February 2018. Kees has been responsible for all of the Group’s purchasing activities for the past 18 years. 

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Plukon Food Group has finalized the acquisition of Wyrebski’s new slaughterhouse project

Plukon Food Group and the Polish Wyrebski family received approval from the competition authority regarding this transaction. The deal was officially closed yesterday. With the closing of the deal Plukon Food Group gets a majority interest in Wyrebski‘s new slaughterhouse project . The transaction enables Plukon Food Group to enter the Polish market and will expand Plukon’s position going forward in Europe.

“A fifth production country in Europe”

Peter Poortinga, CEO of Plukon Food Group: With this transaction Plukon Food Group is able to continue to grow in Europe and create a fifth production country in Europe. I am pleased that Plukon Food Group and Wyrebski will jointly build a solid position on the Polish poultry market. The parties will develop a greenfield slaughterhouse in the center of Poland.

About Wyrebski
The family Wyrebski is producing high quality fresh and frozen poultry products for the food service, retail and food industry under its own brand and under private label. Its main markets are Poland and north-western Europe.

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Plukon Food Group welcomes new Supervisory Board members

The shareholders of the Plukon Food Group have appointed two new members of the Supervisory Board, Mr J.B. Steinemann and Mr C.M.A. van Slingerland, with effect of 16 February 2017. Mr J.B. Steinemann has also been elected as Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Mr J.B. Steinemann served as a member of the Executive Board and as Chief Operating Officer of Nutreco from 2001 until 2009. From 2009 until 2016, he served as CEO at Barry Callebaut. Today, he serves on different boards and invests in food & agro.

Mr C.M.A. van Slingerland has been nominated by the Works Council of the Plukon Food Group. He has served as HR Director of Royal Numico from 1999 to 2007. As of 2007, he serves as HR Director of Hunter Douglas Europe B.V.

The Executive Board of Plukon Food Group is pleased with the appointment of Mr. J.B. Steinemann and Mr C.M.A. van Slingerland.

About the Plukon Food Group
The Plukon Food Group is one of Europe’s biggest players in the poultry market. The group operates 17 sites (10 poultry slaughterhouses and 7 processing and packaging plants) in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, with a weekly slaughter volume of 7.6 million chickens. Its turnover in 2016 was 1.4 billion euros. The Plukon Food Group employs close to 5.000 people.

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Definitive acquisition of French poultry producer DUC by the Plukon Food Group

In addition to receiving approval from the competition authority regarding this transaction, all major shareholders of DUC gave their consent on 31 January for the acquisition of DUC by the Plukon Food Group. The Plukon Food Group now owns 97.7% of shares and will become a 100% owner of the remaining shares as a result of a squeeze-out procedure.

Peter Poortinga, CEO of the Plukon Food Group, has been appointed the new managing director of DUC and a new board of directors has been formed. This merger will enable the Plukon Food Group to grow further within Europe. The acquisition means a further expansion of the Plukon Food Group to a total of 20 locations (including ten poultry slaughterhouses and seven processing and packaging companies).

There will continue to be a strong emphasis on high-quality, fresh products for retail. Both will also continue to work to develop new animal welfare improvement concepts and to reduce the use of antibiotics. The DUC product range will be added to the Plukon Food Group range.

The new group will continue the existing cooperation with DUC poultry farmers and is open to further expansion. A four-year job guarantee has also been given to 800 DUC employees.

About Plukon Food Group
The Plukon Food Group is one of Europe’s biggest players in the poultry market. The group operates 13 sites (eight poultry slaughterhouses and five processing and packaging plants) in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, with a weekly slaughter volume of seven million chickens. Its turnover in 2015 was 1.4 billion euros. The Plukon Food Group employs close to 4,500 people.
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About DUC
DUC is an important player in certified poultry in France. The company specialises in the production, slaughter, packaging and marketing of poultry meat, offering a complete and varied range of chicken and turkey products. DUC operates four production locations in France and has run a smaller production location in Bulgaria since December 2007. The company has a weekly slaughter volume of 600 thousand chickens and processes 30 thousand turkeys. Approximately 800 staff are employed at DUC.

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Plukon Food Group acquires French poultry producer DUC

Plukon Food Group (through a subsidiary) has reached agreement with DUC S.A. about an acquisition of new shares in DUC S.A. At the same time Plukon Food Group has agreed to acquire the shares held by DUC S.A.’s major shareholders. As a result of the transactions, Plukon Food Group will hold 97% of the shares in DUC S.A.  After this acquisition, Plukon Food Group’s intention is to launch a simplified takeover bid followed by a mandatory squeeze out resulting in the transfer of all DUC S.A. shares to Plukon Food Group and the delisting of DUC S.A. DUC S.A.’s shares are currently listed on Euronext Paris.

CEO Peter Poortinga about this agreement: ”The acquisition of DUC enables Plukon Food Group to further implement its retail strategy in France as a national producer. The current growth plans in France are strengthened as a result of this acquisition.”

Both Plukon Food Group and DUC have a strong focus on high quality, fresh products for the retail market. Both are working on new concepts to improve animal welfare and to reduce the use of antibiotics. The DUC product portfolio is a good addition to the product portfolio of Plukon Food Group. The new group will continue the cooperation with DUC’s poultry farmers and is open for further expansion.

The transaction is subject to the usual conditions, such as approval by the competent competition authorities.

About Plukon Food Group
Plukon is a leading player in the European poultry meat market. The Plukon Food Group has 13 locations (8 poultry slaughterhouses and 5 processing and packaging companies) in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium with a weekly slaughter volume of 7 million chickens. The group generated a total of 1.4 billion euros in turnover in 2015, with a total workforce of close to 4,500 people.
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About DUC Group
DUC Group is the leading European of certified poultry. DUC is specialized in the production, slaughter, packaging and marketing of poultry. DUC offers a complete and varied range of elaborated products, certified, standard and organic, all obeying the criteria of a sector renowned for its requirement. DUC has 4 production sites in France and a small production location within Bulgaria. DUC has a weekly slaughter volume of 600 thousand chicken and processes 30 thousand turkeys on a weekly basis. DUC has a total workforce around 800 people.

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Plukon Food Group enters Polish market

Plukon Food Group has reached agreement in principle on a joint venture with the Polish Wyrebski family, which enables it to enter the Polish market. Together with the Wyrebski Family, Plukon Food Group will develop a greenfield slaughterhouse near Wroblew.

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“Beter Leven” mark for broilers

Jan Verzeilberg of Albert Heijn and poultry farmer Robert Nijkamp tell about de advances made in de wellbeing of broilers because of the “Beter Leven” mark.

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No more cut-price broilers: ‘new challenges’ for poultry meat producer Plukon

Poultry meat producer Plukon is facing the future more confidently now that the three largest supermarkets in the Netherlands have announced that they will no longer carry so-called cut-price broilers from 2016. “We are facing new challenges, but have a pioneering role in that sort of process,” says marketing manager Gerda Zijlstra.

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“Strong legs, thick plumage”

The major supermarkets in the Netherlands are switching in 2016 to chickens that have had longer to mature. Good news for poultry breeder Pé Roozendaal in Heerhugowaard. He is one of the 70 poultry breeders of Plukon who will be supplying the new variety of chicken to Albert Heijn.

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Supermarkets are switching to sustainable poultry in 2016

Starting in 2016, there will only be slower-growing, sustainable poultry on the shelves of the major supermarkets. Thanks to investments by its poultry growers, Plukon can supply a considerable proportion of the market with poultry according to the Good Brood Chicken (Goed Nest Kip) concept.

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Plukon tests animal welfare pen

“Windstreek” pilot project partnership with Albert Heijn and University of Wageningen. As part of the “Windstreek” project, a new rearing concept for broilers, Plukon started working with the first Biotop pen.

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Opening of first Windstreek pen

Animal welfare and reduction of environmental burden are linked

Today the first Windstreek pen opened its doors at the Nijkamp family’s broiler chick company. Windstreek is an innovative, integrally sustainable animal husbandry concept for broiler chicks, derived from intensive collaboration and knowledge exchange between different parties from the sector.

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Plukon laboratory expanded

The Plukon laboratory in Wezep recently began conducting analyses to detect antibiotic-resistant bacteria. More than 300,000 analyses are carried out every year, primarily for reasons of food safety (such as salmonella tests).

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Windstreek’s sheltered area test results highly promising

In the Windstreek shed, the so-called moederklok provides a protected area for young chicks, so they can keep each other warm. As a result, the rest of the shed does not need to be heated, saving considerable energy.

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Goed Nest Kip (Good Brood Chicken) new name for Kip van Morgen

Plukon has renamed the ‘Kip van Morgen’ (Chicken of Tomorrow) concept. It is now known as the ‘Goed Nest Chicken’ (Good Brood Chicken). And a new name deserves a new logo. The concept was developed a year ago and there are no further changes. The new name refers to the original slogan of the Plukon brand Friki: “Chicken from a good brood.”

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Milestone of more than 500,000 chickens raised in a more animal-friendly manner reached

The Plukon Food Group has reached the production milestone of a half a million chickens per week raised in a more animal-friendly manner. This puts Plukon at the forefront of developments in organic, free-range and other concepts based on slow-growing chicken breeds.

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Plukon once again fastest growing company in food sector

Every year, Foodmagazine and Capitalmind publish a list of the fastest growing companies in the food sector. Plukon has ranked at the top of this list for two years in a row.

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Antibiotic use reduction highlighted on RTV N-H

The Koopkracht programme broadcast by RTV Noord-Holland focused on reducing the use of antibiotics in the Dutch poultry sector. René Welpelo was interviewed on behalf of Plukon. Watch the programme!

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Plukon welcomes new shareholders

A consortium consisting of Agrifirm, Gilde Buy out Partners (Gilde), De Heus, EW Group and the Plukon Food Group (Plukon) management announced today the intention to form a new consortium of Plukon shareholders. This announcement follows a review of the shareholder structure of the company that was announced in January 2015.

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‘Kip van Morgen’ (Chicken of Tomorrow) a Mercedes without a star

Plukon was featured in the ‘Agri & Food’ supplement of De Telegraaf in an article on the ‘Kip van Morgen’.

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Plukon acquires Lintor/Verbinnen inventory

The Plukon Food Group announced today that they have purchased the land, buildings and machinery of the now bankrupt companies Lintor and Verbinnen in Olen, Belgium.

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Windstreek shed soon a reality

Windstreek is now one major step closer to completion. In the SBIR competition for sustainable sheds in the landscape, the Windstreek team (see photo) ranked clearly at the top of the list compiled by the jury of experts from the field of science and the business community, including Leo den Hartog from Nutreco, Paul Janssen from VION and Chief Government Architect Ytje Feddes.

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Plukon and Mijwo bring InterChicken transaction to a close

The two companies will officially become one on 2 January 2013. The competition authority sees no obstacles to the intended transaction. The works councils of both companies have also approved the merger.

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Animal welfare award for Plukon Extensive Housing Chicken chain

The Plukon Food Group received the ‘Good Chicken Award’ in Paris on Thursday 25 October 2015. This award was presented by the international animal welfare organisation Compassion in World Farming to Plukon for its unique Extensive Housing Chicken chain.

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Plukon and InterChicken merger agreement

The Plukon Food Group B.V. and Mijwo Beheer B.V. have reached agreement on the merger of Plukon retail Netherlands and InterChicken Bodegraven.

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Plukon Extensive Housing Chicken chain to experience 20% growth

The Plukon Food Group plans to further roll out its Extensive Housing Chicken range, resulting in an expected total production volume increase of 20%. In addition to increased consumer demand through the supermarket channel, industrial customers are also showing increasing interest.

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Interview with Gerda Zijlstra in FoodPersonality

Marketing Manager Gerda Zijlstra was interviewed by FoodPersonality Magazine on collaboration in trade marketing.

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Agreement between Plukon and Stolle on merger

Plukon Food Group B.V. and the Stolle family have announced that they have reached a principle agreement on the merger of Friki Germany and the Stolle Group.

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Friki chicken leg rated best by Stiftung Warentest

Stiftung Warentest, the German consumer association, has tested the microbiological quality of German poultry meat. The winner of this test was the Friki chicken leg. This product is free of antibiotics and resistant salmonella bacteria. Three other products, including the FairMast chicken legs, also received a ‘Good’ rating.

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