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