Prime Minister Visits Slaughterhouse

SWEDEN - Earlier this week, prominent visitors descended on the slaughterhouse Ugglarps Slakteri, which is owned by Danish Crown’s Swedish subsidiary, KLS Ugglarps.
calendar icon 19 August 2010
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Drawing quite a lot of media attention, the Swedish prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, dropped by the facility in southern Sweden to hear more about the company's apprenticeship programme which has been devised in collaboration with the Municipality of Trelleborg to help young people find a job and also to contribute to attracting qualified labour to the slaughterhouse.

The apprenticeship programme is targeted at unemployed young people aged between 18 and 30. So far, two groups have completed the programme with 8 out of 12 subsequently being offered permanent employment by Ugglarps Slakteri.

"The prime minister wanted to know more about our apprenticeship programme and how it works because it is very much in line with the Swedish government’s strategy of supporting job creation in the private sector in Sweden," explained Johan Andersson, CEO of KLS Ugglarps.

He welcomed Fredrik Reinfeldt to the slaughterhouse himself together with the factory management and two young apprentices.

Mr Andersson added: "As part of the guided tour, the two apprentices showed a very interested prime minister how to debone a pig, while also talking to him about the programme as a whole, which he found very impressive.

"Afterwards, we had a chat with the prime minister and a chance to talk to him about important issues for our industry. He was very keen to hear more about the situation in the food industry as a whole as the Swedish government has a vision of Sweden being the number one food nation in Europe, and without good Swedish raw ingredients this will, of course, never happen."

KLS Ugglarps is Sweden's second-largest slaughterhouse enterprise with facilities in Ugglarp near Trelleborg and in Kalmar. Each year, the company slaughters more than 500,000 pigs, approximately 52,000 cattle and around 20,000 sheep and lambs. It has about 450 employees. The slaughterhouse in Ugglarp has about employees who slaughter 4,170 pigs a week.

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