Spanghero Reopens under New Name31 July 2013
FRANCE - The former French meat processing company of Spanghero which was caught in the centre of the horse meat contamination of beef products scandal, has reopened under another name.
The meat plant based in Castlenaudary in Aude opened this week under the name of La Lauagaise.
However, the company that used to employ 230 people will now have a staff of just 95.
The company regained its health certification about two weeks agao, having lost the permit during the horse meat scandal, when the company went into liquidation.
The former Spanghero closed having lost two core clients at the end of June – Lidl and Norma.
However, the new company will be supplying the supermarket chain of Carrefour.
The company has reduced its turnover forecast this year from the €14 million predicted for Spanghero to 0 million. Next year the forecast is for €24 million instead of €29 million.
Before the horse meat scandal, Spanghero, which the brothers Laurent and Claude Spanghero sold to the cooperative Lur Berri Basque for a symbolic €1, had a turnover of €60 million.
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