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EPP CONGRESS - Germany: Turntable for European Pork

by 5m Editor
20 May 2011, at 6:08am

GERMANY - This year's European Pig Producers (EPP) Congress opened yesterday, 19 May, in Münster in north-west Germany. The meeting was booked out, with almost 300 participants, especially from the host country and neighbouring the Netherlands, reports senior editor, Jackie Linden.

The theme of the 2011 Congress is 'Germany – turntable for European pork'. The meeting was officially opened by Erik Thijssen, EPP President, and Jürgen Winkelmann, deputy chairman of the EPP branch in Germany. The local branch chairman, Franz Meyer zu Holte, was unable to attend the event at short notice due to illness.

The main theme of the presentations on the first day of the Congress was the curent state of the pig production and pig meat processing industries in Germany and their future prospects.

The characteristics of pig production in north-west Germany were outlined by Peter Spandau from the Agricultural Chamber of North Rhine-Westphalia, followed by his opposite number in neighbouring Lower Saxony, Dr Albert Hortmann-Scholten, who explained Germany's role in pan-European trade in pig meat.

Dr Wilhelm Uffelmann of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants then reviewed the reasons for the growth and development of the slaughter industry in Germany, and future market developments for pig meat in the EU were covered by Albert Vernooij of Rabobank International.