DAT-Schaub is a subsidiary of parent company Danish Crown, which claims to be one of the world’s biggest pork companies, and its entry into Spain comes as the country significantly increases pork production. A company executive said the entry into Spain was an obvious move.
“We are really pleased with this deal,” said Jan Roelsgaard, CEO of DAT-Schaub, in a press statement.
“Spain is the largest producer of pigs in Europe and the production of pigs in Spain is growing continuously. Spain is therefore an obvious choice for expanding our business and we are happy to enter Spain together with a well-established local company such as Vicente Gallent SL.”
The new joint venture will see DAT-Schaub Gallent SL run the gut room for Incarlopsa’s new processing site in Tarancón, Spain. The new venture, DAT-Schaub Gallent SL, is 51% owned by DAT-Schaub and will employ more than 20 full-time staff. Operations began on 27 March 2017 and the business expects to slaughter 3,800 pigs per day.
Vicente Gallent SL CEO Vicente Gallent suggested the partnership made strategic sense.
“We are convinced that we have achieved a commitment with the most important and good quality product casings company in the world and we are very proud of it,” he said.
“We contribute to this union with our work capacity, motivation, market knowledge, and flexibility to adapt our organisation to assume new business development projects.”
The joint venture comes six months after Danish Crown CEO Jais Valeur launched a four-wheel drive strategy – dubbed 4WD – to position the company as a leader in northern Europe, expand in Asia and strength its global meat casings operations.
Since the strategy was announced, Danish Crown has agreed to sell US-based Plumrose USA to JBS for around $230m and has acquired German slaughterhouse Teterower Fleisch and UK foodservice firm Leivers Brothers for undisclosed sums.
Vicente Gallent – at a glance
- Produces natural sausage casings derived from beef, pork and sheep
- A major exporter of natural sausage casings
- Product plants in China, Morocco, Turkey and Brazil
- Based in Valencia, Spain, and founded in 1990