The Kermené slaughterhouse, in the Côtes d'Armor. - AFP
- After two weeks of disruption linked to the epidemic, the Kermené Breton slaughterhouse, which supplies all of the Leclerc Centers, is returning to normal activity this weekend.
- More than a hundred employees had tested positive for Covid-19 during two major screening campaigns concerning about a thousand employees in the second half of May.
- The fall in activity of Kermené brings more supply on the market, "which prevents the price from rising" in the current context and constitutes "a shortfall for breeders", underlines one agricultural union source .
It has been one of the main foci of Covid-19 discovered in France since the deconfinement. But after two weeks of disruption linked to the epidemic, the Breton abattoir Kermené, which supplies all of the Leclerc Centers, has returned to normal activity this weekend, we learned from a union source. The site, located in Méné (Côtes-d'Armor), was to resume cruising speed on Thursday with 8,000 pigs slaughtered per day (40,000 pigs / week), after resuming at the start of the week at 6,000 pigs per day, a- We learned after from CFDT, the main union in the company, confirming figures obtained from agricultural union sources.
In total, according to the Regional Health Agency (ARS), more than a hundred employees had tested positive for Covid-19 during two major screening campaigns concerning around a thousand employees in the second half of May.
Pork prices have not returned to their pre-crisis level
"A bonus of 1,500 euros, in proportion to the time worked, has been announced by the company," said the CFDT. The fall in activity at the slaughterhouse has also led to difficulties, particularly in terms of space on farms delivering to Kermené with overweight animals, since they could not be slaughtered on the scheduled date. This overweight leads to sales penalties for breeders who also incur additional expenses to feed their pigs longer than expected.
However, this disturbed activity also has an impact on the price fixed on the Breton pork market (MPB) during the two weekly quotations, a price which serves as a benchmark for all French pork production. At the last listing Thursday, the price was set at 1.346 euros per kilo, unchanged for the fifth consecutive session of listing, against an average of more than 1.50 euros per kilo, see 1.55, before and at the start of the health crisis.
Reasons for hope for the pork sector
The fall in activity of Kermené brings more supply on the market, "which prevents the price from going up" in the current context and constitutes "a shortfall for breeders (…) We would not have come down to this price there if there had not been the Covid, ”says one agricultural union source.
We can however count on "two positive effects" in the coming period, we comment to the MPB: "The reopening of restaurants" and "the US / China rivalry from which Europeans could perhaps benefit a little" after having "lost a lot since November" to the benefit of the USA.
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