Too small to compete in Europe

15-05-2006 | |
Too small to compete in Europe

Poultry-meat processor Perutnina Ptuj in Slovenia stops production of turkey products because the company could not compete with imports.

Perutnina Ptuj is one of the largest poultry-meat producers in Slovenia, and ceasing of production of turkey products will result in a loss of between 200 and 300 jobs at the company.

The management claims that the company could not succeed with turkey meat on the European market because their production of 6,000 tonnes of poultry meat is too small and the company cannot cope with foreign competition. According to the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) the falling price of turkey meat on the world market has also hurt the company.

Perutnina Ptuj will replace most of the turkey production by chicken production and partly retain the turkey-meat processing, but strictly based on imported meat.

Domestic turkey breeders will be offered the opportunity to breed chickens instead of turkeys. ERM said the management has indicated that mainly employees, who have fixed term contracts, will lose jobs if their contracts are not extended.

The company said that the reduction of employment among workers will be minimal. Perutnina Ptuj employs 2,400 people.