Danish Crown ships first supplies to Nepal
Last month, a 20ft container arrived in Kathmandu, filled with pork loins, bones, hams, bellies and spare ribs.
The deal came about after ESS-Food – a subsidiary of Danish Crown – was contacted by the wholesaler in March of this year.
Lars Bo Hansen, area export manager at ESS-Food, said: "I do not know of anyone in the Danish pork meat sector selling raw material to Nepal prior to this, but Mr Khadgi’s company in Kathmandu already had a firm knowledge of Denmark. He therefore decided to come to Denmark to see Danish Crown slaughterhouses and product quality with his own eyes."
As the country does not have any ports, the container was sent to Calcutta in India, where it was then transported by lorry to Kathmandu.
Peter Frederiksen, export manager, Danish Crown, said: "This has been a really exciting job, initiating the first Danish pork meat export to Nepal and now we are naturally excited to learn how our products are received by the consumer.
"Initially these are relatively small-sized quantities, but time will tell how large they may grow in future. At any rate, we are prepared when the contents of the first container have been sold in Nepal shops."
Last week the Danish meat giant revealed plans to move its deboning activities, currently at Faaborg in Denmark, to the UK. The decision to move operations to one of Tulip’s production facilities in Bugle, Cornwall, came after it was decided that costs were too high at Faaborg for the deboning activities to remain in Denmark.
Production at Faaborg will move in a series of stages, with the site to close completely during the first half of 2016.
Jesper Friis, chief executive, said: "Having made the decision, we can now start the transition, which will involve both investing in the facility in the UK and relocating equipment. Consequently, we will also be rolling out the social plans in step with the inevitable redundancies."