A new Cooperl slaughterhouse on the Gad site in Lampaul-Guimiliau with 500 jobs at stake. The project announced Friday in Rennes by Patrice Drillet and Emmanuel Commault, Chairman and CEO of Cooperl Arc Atlantique, recalls a first takeover offer. In 2011, two years before the closure of the industrial site, the cooperative group had submitted one of the two proposals. They had been rejected. “The producers of Nord-Finistère did not see that at all with a good eye”, explains today a source familiar with the matter.
Ten years later, the situation has changed, even if the silence of producer groups suggests that the differences have not been completely erased.
” This is a good thing “
In agricultural circles, the prospect of relaunching the industrial site appears at first glance to be attractive. President of the Brittany Chamber of Agriculture, the Finistère André Sergent does not say the opposite: “When this tool closed, in the heart of Breton pig production, I was one of those who thought it was an aberration”, says the breeder. Since then, the pigs produced in Léon have traveled a hundred kilometers to be slaughtered, further weakening the industry.
Under these conditions, “it is a good thing that there is a relocation of a new slaughterhouse in Finistère”, estimates Jean-Alain Divanach, president of the FDSEA, welcoming the support of the Region while being convinced that ” Jean-Yves Le Drian favored Morbihan when Gad closed ”. “A strong message for the agricultural world,” continues Alexandre Castrec. For the president of the JA of Finistère, the Cooperl project demonstrates “that Breton production is capable of responding to all sectors”.
Risk of dependence
The announcement effect passed, agricultural officials – scalded after the announcement of the construction of a new slaughterhouse by LCD in Châteaulin – are unanimously cautious. Not because of the target market: “Pork meat is a neighborhood market. Some will be better valued in China while the hams will remain on the French market. “Farmers who do not know the contours of the project, fear to see the number 1 of French pork grow. “It could place the sector in a situation of great dependence”, worries the president of the FDSEA of Finistère.
But the Cooperl, which Finistère breeders were suspicious of ten years ago, seems to have evolved. Its new strategic choices, for example on castration, could attract new producers. Jean-Alain Divanach nevertheless believes that breeders will have to be vigilant as to the conditions of this move upmarket: “When breeders enter into specifications, it is perhaps 30, 50% or even a lower part of their production which is valued while 100% are subject to constraints and additional costs ”. The Cooperl will have to convince them.
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