NETHERLANDS, Boxtel. Protein producer Vion presented the results of a €6 million investment in a regional slaughterhouse in Germany. The investment was made to promote the regional meat supply chain, sustainability, and animal welfare.
According to a Vion press release, Brandenburg’s Minister of Agriculture, Axel Vogel, voiced his appreciation for Vion’s commitment to the German state and its local pig farmers. The overhaul was the result of a joint federal government research project where scientists from the Friedrich Loeffler Institute and the University of Göttingen were investigating the use of alternative gas mixtures for carbon dioxide stunning in pig slaughter and the use of artificial intelligence in monitoring to ensure animal welfare.
In terms of sustainability, the site uses carbon dioxide as a secondary refrigerant in its cooling systems and can thus avoid about 90% of ammonia pollution of conventional cooling systems and reduce the energy required by 40%. At the same time, the new cooling and sorting facilities also play a decisive role in Vion’s development of demand-oriented regional programs for the retail trade. The plant can now fully meet special customer requirements such as regionality, program pigs, organic pork, the company emphasized.
The German Ministry of Agriculture is currently working on a guideline to promote projects for the establishment and expansion of regional value chains. It is to come into force this year and will receive funding of almost €16 million until 2027.