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Atria Buys Saarioinen's Meat Processing Operation

12 July 2013

FINLAND - Finnish meat processor Atria has signed a preliminary agreement to buy Saarioinen's slaughtering, meat cutting and meat procurement operations.

Atria will purchase Saarioinen's procurement, slaughtering and cutting operations for beef, pork and poultry.

According to the preliminary agreement Atria will gain the ownership of poultry production machinery and equipment, as well as the poultry production factory building and site located in Sahalahti
in Kangasala.

Jyväbroiler trademark is also included in the agreement.

In addition, Atria gains the ownership of the machinery and equipment of Jyväskylä slaughterhouse.

In connection with the deal, Atria and Saarioinen will sign a cooperation agreement concerning meat deliveries from Atria to Saarioinen.

The deal will increase Atria's cost-efficiency in meat procurement, slaughtering and cutting operations.

The cooperation agreement will guarantee competitive long-term raw material deliveries to Saarioinen, possibly freeing up resources for processing operations.

The staff of Saarioinen's procurement, slaughtering and cutting operations will move to Atria as continuing employees, and Atria will continue the industrial operations in Jyväskylä and Sahalahti. Saarioinen has about 400 employees.

Atria's turnover is expected to grow by about €70 million annually. The deal is expected to close latest in the first quarter of 2014.

The closing of the deal is subject to the approval of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority.

ThePigSite News Desk

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