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Jobs fears at Grampian.

UNION leaders are to seek job assurances from a foreign food firm who have bought one of Scotland's biggest companies.

Dutch meat giants Vion announced a deal thought to be worth pounds 400million to buy Grampian Country Food Group yesterday.

After the agreement, Vion stressed their commitment to growing the UK meat market but could give no guarantees about jobs.

Grampian employ 17,500 people worldwide, including 13,000 in the UK and 2500 in Scotland. In Scotland, Grampian have arable and pig farming operations, beef and chicken processing and the country's main pig abattoir.

Yesterday, NFU Scotland said president Jim McLaren would be holding talks with Vion's non-executive UK chairman Peter Barr.

Vion plan to establish a new division in the UK, into which Grampian will be integrated.

Robert Smith, head of communications with Vion Food UK, said he hoped the takeover would be approved within the next two months.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 18, 2008
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