Retailer's processing operations growing - po...

Retailer's processing operations growing - poultry soaring

GERMANY Germany's Top 150

Frankfurt/Main. With the Top 150 of the German meat industry 2008 afz presents its fourth industry ranking revealing that the German meat market grew once again in 2007.

Both sales and slaughter figures increased. Meat product manufacturers, however, had to content themselves with only moderate growth.

The industry rankings, compiled by afz-allgemeine fleischer zeitung in conjunction with its sister publication Fleischwirtschaft to coincide with the InterMeat industry fair in Duesseldorf, lists the top 150 companies in order of sales figures.

The poultry companies posted the most impressive sales increases amongst the Top 150 companies in 2007:
  • PHW Group (Visbek): EUR 1.59 billion (+25.2%)
  • Sprehe Group (Lorup): EUR 650 million (+3.2%)
  • Stolle (Visbek): EUR 560 million (+1.8%)
  • Rothkötter (Meppen): EUR 475 million (+88.5%)
  • Heidemark (Garrel): EUR 400 million (+33.3%)
The processing operations of the retail groups posted dynamic growth. Besides the top performer Brandenburg (Rewe Group), accounting for sales of more than EUR 430 million, and the newly-listed Tengelmann subsidiary Birkenhof (EUR 403 million), the top ten consists exclusively of Edeka businesses, which accounted for combined sales of over EUR 1.97 billion. This represents an increase of roughly 20 percent.

The top ten meat industry places have scarcely changed: the list is headed by Tönnies (Rheda-Wiedenbrueck), with an annual turnover now topping EUR three billion. Trailing some way behind is the Moksel Group (Buchloe) which saw a downturn of over eight percent in its sales in 2007, down to just EUR 1.8 billion. Vion Hamburg (formerly NFZ), by contrast, grew by roughly ten percent, posting sales of EUR 1.72 billion, putting it into third place, ahead of Westfleisch (Muenster) with sales of EUR 1.68 billion.

As the surveys show, the pork sector also performed well, with both sales and slaughter figures once again up on the previous year. Slaughter figures came in at 53 million in 2007 - a new record. There was, however, little progress in terms of concentration.

There was more movement in this direction, by contrast, in the beef sector. Despite slightly lower slaughter figures (3.3 million), there was noticeable concentration in this area. This was largely attributable to TönniesFleisch, whose slaughter figures almost tripled. Sales of meat products, by contrast, were sluggish. Manufacturers had to contend with stagnating or in some cases even falling prices. This saw a number of producers posting only moderate or no increases.

The Ranking of the Top 10 Groups are available at pdf-file.

Source: afz-allgemeine fleischer zeitung 39/2008
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