every week. The complex is located on a 13 ha site, has 22 cutting lines and employs 1,600 people. Pini has also opened a sow slaughterhouse 10 km from this complex.

Growth a combination of factors The reason for the strong growth of Spanish pig farming is a combination of factors, says Guus Hoefnagels of trading com- pany Interporc. He knows Spain both as a sales country for pigs and piglets and as a pig farmer. His impression is that the

big Spanish pig integrations have done well financially in the past five years, mainly because of exports to China. In addi- tion, they have a competitive cost price and can market strong brands. Spain also has a large domestic market with about 50 million inhabitants. The Spanish integration structure is a model that operates very effectively and robustly on the global meat market in 2021. If customers want meat from pigs raised without antibi- otics, for example, it will be available four months later, says

Spain attracts foreign companies

German market leader Tönnies Fleisch wants to strengthen its grip on the Spanish market with its own slaughterhouse. A letter of intent has been signed with the local government in the Aragón region for the construction of a slaughter- house with a capacity of 2.4 million pigs per year. According to reports in the Aragonese newspaper Heraldo, Tönnies is investing € 75 million in the slaughterhouse for meat pro- cessing. The construction project is scheduled to start next autumn and should be completed in 2024. According to the latest reports, the environmental permit has been issued.

The meat company will be built on a plot of 30 ha on a new industrial estate. A purification and biogas installation is also being constructed at the site. Tönnies has been slaugh- tering sows in Spain for years. The company takes the car- casses to its headquarters in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany, for further processing. The Italian company Pini also continues to do business in Spain. The company wants to build a ham drying plant in Albelda. This comes with an investment of € 50 million. Con- struction is planned for 2023.

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A Spanish pig farm in the municipality of Lleida, Catalonia, in north-eastern Spain. Expan- sion is no longer an option in that area.

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