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Top 11 European
poultry producers
Some of Europe's leading broiler companies have
long histories while others are newcomers and have
grown their businesses remarkably quickly.
MARK CLEMENTS

common thread that unites these
businesses. Where they also
find common ground is in their
approach to the future, with most
having made significant investments
in expansion in recent years, either
through building new capacity or
acquiring other companies.
Despite this positive approach to
the industry and the success enjoyed
by these businesses, it is worth
remembering that no European
company is big enough to appear
among the top 10 global players and
that the combined production of the
11 leading European companies still
falls behind that of global market
leader JBS, which slaughters 3.5
billion birds annually.

1

LDC Founded in 1968,

France's LDC is Europe's
largest broiler producer. The
company slaughters 541.2 million
chickens annually and is also active
in the pork, beef, rabbit and cereals
sectors. It has 22,000 employees
and 86 production sites spread
across France, Spain and Poland.
For 2018, the company recorded

turnover of EUR4.1 billion (US$4.6
billion) and an operating profit of
EUR190.1 million. 
LDC's poultry sales on the
home market account for close to
60% of turnover, while its foreign
operations contribute over 8%.
Exports account for in excess of
10% of turnover.

2

Plukon Food Group

Europe's second largest
broiler producer is Plukon
Food Group of the Netherlands.
Most recent data shows the
company slaughtered 426.4 million
broilers across its operations in the
Netherlands, Germany, Belgium,
France and Poland. With a staff
of 5,000, the company operates 11
poultry processing plants and seven
processing and packing plants.
In 2018, the company
purchased a majority stake in
Poland's L&B Wyrebski and
inaugurated a new greenfield site.
This followed its 2017 purchase of
leading French poultry producer
Duc, which has undergone a
significant restructure.

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pread across the continent,
the 11 biggest poultry
companies in Europe
slaughter in excess of 3.7 billion
birds annually.
The smallest in the ranking
slaughters less than half the number
of chickens slaughtered by Europe's
market leader France's LDC, yet
each company processes enough
birds each year to gain an individual
place in the World's Top 50 Broiler
Producers ranking, compiled by
WATT Global Media each year.
This diversity of scale is also
echoed in a diversity of approach,
with some companies firmly
focusing on their home markets
while others straddle numerous
countries. Similarly, some are
primarily focused on broiler production while for others chicken is
simply part of a much broader portfolio, in some cases including rabbit
or vegetable oil production.
Some have grown quickly over
recent decades, while for others
a slow and steady approach has
helped to ensure success.
Chicken production is a


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Poultry International - February 2020
Contents
Editor’s Comment
WATTAgNet.com
Top 11 European poultry producers
The key to successful broiler chick brooding
VIV MEA expanded for 2020 show in Abu Dhabi
Fast food chains ponder impact of plant-based proteins
4 ways to manage biofilm in poultry drinking water
Understanding the entire poultry gut microbiome
FeedStrategy.com launches Animal Feed Formulations Library
5 broiler early nutrition research highlights
6 issues set to shape 2020 poultry feed production
VICTAM Asia a total animal feed and health event
How today’s larger broilers impact processing operations
Products
Marketplace
Advertisers’ Index
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Poultry International - February 2020 - Top 11 European poultry producers
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Poultry International - February 2020 - The key to successful broiler chick brooding
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Poultry International - February 2020 - VIV MEA expanded for 2020 show in Abu Dhabi
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Poultry International - February 2020 - Fast food chains ponder impact of plant-based proteins
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Poultry International - February 2020 - 4 ways to manage biofilm in poultry drinking water
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Poultry International - February 2020 - Understanding the entire poultry gut microbiome
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Poultry International - February 2020 - FeedStrategy.com launches Animal Feed Formulations Library
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