According to the information provided by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture in its foreign news bulletin, a survey carried out recently by the German Swine Producers Interests Representation Association (ISN) shows that the most important German swine abattoirs have managed to strengthen, in year 2012, their market positioning. Only the companies Vion and Danish Crown recorded noticeable market share losses.
The data published by the ISN reveal that the 10 most important companies in the German market slaughtered, in 2012, a total of 44.4 million pigs: a figure that matched the number of pig slaughtered the previous year. Nevertheless, the market share of all these companies rose to 76.1%, that entails a growth by 0.7% with respect to year 2011. This means that the great companies in this sector worked more successfully than the whole of the sector, because in 2012, in the German pig market, a total of 58.4 million animals were slaughtered, this is, 1.4 million pigs (-2.3%) less than in year 2011.
For its part, the company Tönnies, that is number one in the ranking of the 10 most important companies in Germany, managed to increase the number of slaughters by 700,000 heads, reaching a total of 16.1 million slaughtered pigs, expanding its market share and reaching a value of 27,6%. The ISN considers that this growth will go on during year 2013, and the new abattoir located in Sögel (a city situated in the northwest of the federate state of Low Saxony), with a predicted slaughter capacity of some 105,000 pigs per week, will contribute to this increase.
April 2013/ Boletín de Noticias del Exterior-MAGRAMA/Spain.