CHINA, Sichuan. Together with the Chinese Dekon Group, the Tönnies Group is building its first location outside Europe. The contract negotiations for a slaughtering and cutting plant in the Chinese region of Sichuan for an initial two million pig slaughters per year have now been completed. Capacity can be expanded to up to six million animals per year at the site. The contract was signed via video link.
"This joint venture is a milestone for our international development", says Clemens Tönnies, managing partner of Tönnies Holding. "We are pleased to have found in Dekon Group a very strong Chinese partner who knows the Chinese market". The Dekon Group is already fattening around two million pigs in China.
In a first step, Tönnies is investing a double-digit million euro amount in the joint venture. This will mainly flow into the construction and technical development. Dekon Group, on the other hand, is completing the construction and technical implementation, which will begin in just a few months. The joint venture has a balanced majority shareholding of 50% each. The total investment volume is around € 500 mill., a large part of which will also go into agricultural production.
"With this joint venture, we are taking the next step in the internationalization of the Group," says Carl Bürger, Deputy Managing Director Finance and Internationalization. "With the increasing global demand for protein, there is a need for professional food production at European standards".
As an innovation leader for red meat, Tönnies already has 29 production sites in Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, France, Spain and Poland. With the location in China, Tönnies is taking a major expansion step in the Asian market to meet the increasing food demand for meat products in China.