EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Abattoir de Challans (Covia)

Abattoir de Challans (Covia)

Geographic Location

Country: France
Region: Vendée; Pays de la Loire; Ouest
Location of affected unit(s): Challans


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
10.11 - Processing and preserving of meat
Number Employed: 140
Group: Covia

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 15-01-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 140
Planned Job Reductions max: 140
Type of Restructuring: Bankruptcy
Employment Effect Start: 31-01-2019
Foreseen End Date: 28-02-2019
Direct Dismissals: 140

Additional Information

The Challans slaughterhouse (Covia group), which employs 140 people, was placed in liquidation by the Commercial Court of Poitiers for lack of a buyer. The court ordered the liquidation of the four Covia companies: Sovia (transport), Covia meat sectors (processing), SEAC (slaughter) and Scop Cooperative Meat (livestock farmers), resulting in the loss of 140 jobs, said Serge Rondeau, Mayor of Challans. Hundreds of nearby farmers will also be affected by the closure.

The trade union CFDT commented that the company had run up into quite high denbt and that the plant would have needed to be renewed earlier to adapt to changed regulations.