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Atria Buys Saarioinen's Slaughter Operations

19 July 2013, at 9:16am

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

Atria will buy Saarioinen's procurement, slaughtering and cutting operations for beef, pork and poultry and will also gain the ownership of poultry production machinery and equipment, as well as the poultry production factory building and site in Sahalahti in Kangasala.

Jyväbroiler trademark is also included in the agreement.

In addition, Atria will take possession of the machinery and equipment of Jyväskylä slaughterhouse.

Atria and Saarioinen are to sign a cooperation agreement concerning meat deliveries from Atria to Saarioinen.

The company said that 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. There are about 400 employees.

Atria's turnover is expected to grow by about €70 million a year.

The deal, which is subject to the approval of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority, is expected to close latest in the first quarter of 2014.

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