Exchange relationship between Slaugtherhouse and Processor

Purpose of exchange:

single transaction versus long-term relationship

Nature of communication:

anonymous versus firm to firm

Formality of exchange:

formal versus informal

Type of contract:

classic (closed) versus relational (open)

There are several types of processing clients for the slaughterhouse, both internal and external (e.g., wholesalers for carcasses and cuts; bacon for UK retail). The slaughterhouse has a fairly stable market with many long-term clients. Nevertheless, it is an open market. Law (EU protocols and country-specific protocols) and processors push quality requirements on to the slaughterhouse.

Distribution concept determines type of relationship and amount of information to be exchanged.

Country-specific protocols need to be defined for each country outside the EU in alignment with WTO and bi-lateral agreements.