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Case 1: VION

Case VION Food Netherlands

The Netherlands:

Mainly Noord-Brabant, Gelderland, Limburg, Overijssel

Number of farms

The whole Netherlands in 2008:

2283 ( Agricultural figures - Central Statistical Office (CBS, 2009) - VION receives pigs from about 70% of the farmers on a regular basis


Self-sufficiency in The Netherlands is 235% for pork meat (CBS (see link above)).

23.9 million animals were produced in 2009 (PVE, 2010) (Product Board of Livestock, Meat and Eggs)

Number of pigs slaughtered

In The Netherlands per year: 13.9 million (PVE, 2010 see link above)

VION 57% (VION. 2009)

Import of living pigs Pig imports in The Netherlands amount to 1.204.000 animals (PVE, 2010 see above)
Export of living pigs Number of living pigs exported from The Netherlands in 2009 11.2 Million (75.6% to Germany) (PVE, 2010 (see previous link))
Import of pork meat Amount of pork meat imported amounts to 258.400 ton kg including meat products and bacon (PVE, 2010 see previous link)
Export of pork meat Amount of pork meat exported from the Netherlands (fresh meat including bones) in 2009 851.000 million ton kg, including meat products and bacon (PVE, 2010 (see previous link))
Consumption per head In The Netherlands consumption per head is 41.8 kg (PVE, 2010 - see previous link)
Markets Most important markets of VION: home markets: Netherlands, Germany, UK; EU markets: Italy, Greece, Spain, Eastern Europe; World market: South Korea, Japan, USA, Russia, etc. - VION website
Consumer channels Main consumer channels for VION are retail, industry (further processing), and food service (VION website see link above)
Products VION Food Netherlands produces mainly fresh meat, but also some processed meat products in its processing companies (VION website see link above)
Food safety measures

VION needs to comply with national and EU regulations plus additional EU retail standards (see Global Food Safety Initiative ) and third-country requirements (legislation and standards).

Farms need to comply mainly with EU and national regulations plus IKB (Intergrated Chain Control) scheme (adopted by > 95% of all pig farmers in The Netherlands, consisting of IKB-Nederland Varkens and IKB Varken).

A benchmark standard for the farm level is currently developed on a European/world scale (see Global Gap)