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Fake Tönnies e-mails in circulation

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Fake Tönnies e-mails in circulation

Rheda-Wiedenbrück, September 7th, 2020 – The Tönnies group is currently struggling with fake emails. Strangers are sending out deceptively real-looking messages on behalf of the company that supposedly come from the company. The people behind this campaign try to persuade customers to make payments or to place malware on the recipient’s computers. The Tönnies legal department therefore urges caution:

Dear Sir or Madam, dear customers,

we ask for urgent attention: Currently, there are a large number of fake e-mails in circulation that ostensibly originate from our company. Attempts are being made to induce customers to make payments and/or install malware or spyware on the recipient’s system.

We would like to make an appeal to ensure that you do not open the attachments of the e-mails under any circumstances and that you delete the e-mails immediately. If there is even the slightest doubt about the authenticity of the e-mail or the sender, please contact your known contact person from our company immediately. Please do not make any payments in this case.

The following fake senders are currently known: Mr. Robert Marx (“Senior Sales Representative”), e-mail address: [email protected]

We ask for increased vigilance. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

Immediate Action Plan

Tönnies implements Immediate Action Plan

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Tönnies implements Immediate Action Plan

+++ The site at Rheda-Wiedenbrück is being reopened following significant technical innovations and additional hygiene measures

+++ The 25 immediate actions implemented by Tönnies include restructuring the living and working areas for the current contract workers as well as the animal husbandry area.

Rheda-Wiedenbrück, 20 July 2020 – The Tönnies Group has gradually reopened the production areas at Rheda-Wiedenbrück. Following a series of tests, the municipal administration of Rheda-Wiedenbrück lifted the production ban for slaughtering and butchering last Friday. Since then, production has restarted; initially approx. 8,000 pigs were slaughtered each day.

The basis for the reopening is an expanded hygiene plan. This was further defined with experts from the district administration, the occupational health and safety authority for the region of NRW along with other scientific experts, and was reviewed during visits and tests at the plant.

The hygiene plan used as the basis for reopening the site focusses on new ventilation installations, decentralised HEPA filtration devices, which have been installed in the butchering areas. They exchange the air 2.5 times per hour and reduce the potential viruses in the air circulating within the room. The filter installations were put into operation over the last few weeks and checked in tests carried out with the authorities.

Immediately after the outbreak, Prof. Dr. Martin Exner from the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health at the University of Bonn pointed out that the air circulating within the butchering area is the main reason for the virus being able to spread into some areas and cause a mass outbreak. The findings are new, this was previously not regulated and has now been scientifically investigated for the first time. They explain for the first time why large-scale infections occur in abattoirs around the world.

The expanded hygiene plan also includes weekly mass testing for all production employees in mobile tents at the plant entrance, address management of all employees for company tracking of employees, a strict separation of employees from different production departments during canteen visits, an increased number of training sessions for employees and also increased checks of compliance with distance rules and wearing of medical face masks to be carried out by the Corona Officers who will carry out patrols.

Tönnies will implement these and other measures at the sites at high financial and personnel cost and with the cooperation of employees from production and administration.

Living and working
By 01 September 2020, Tönnies will directly employ 1,000 contract employees in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. By the end of 2020, the goal is that all employees in core areas will be employed directly by the company. Tönnies will create new accommodation for these employees – initially at Rheda-Wiedenbrück, then at other sites if required. By 01 September 2020, Tönnies will rent approx. 400 residence units in Rheda-Wiedenbrück for future employees. Two housing management companies have been established and are currently working on this task under high pressure. The time recording system previously available will be transferred to a digital time management system from 01 August 2020 with the aim of reviewing and documenting working times in a more efficient way.

“We are developing our company for the future. The Immediate Action Plan is the start. It determines how we hire the contract employees as direct employees, build new accommodation for them, improve the existing accommodation and ensure that we protect our employees during the pandemic so that we can continue to produce high-quality meat and sausage products”, says Clemens Tönnies.


Animal husbandry
For many years, the Tönnies Group has been a pioneer in issues of animal welfare, the farming label and transparency for the consumer with regard to farming conditions. With the Immediate Action Plan, the Tönnies Group continues to follow this path: it acknowledges the result of the Borchert Commission of the Federal Ministry for Agriculture and supports the animal welfare levy. Tönnies also pursues the goal of switching to farming method 2 (“indoors plus”) for most pork production in the future, and is expanding the offer for farming method 3 (“Outdoor”) to 3,000 pigs/week and supporting the construction of open-front stalls.

The measures included in the Immediate Action Plan are initially being implemented at Rheda-Wiedenbrück. Following this, selected measures required during the pandemic will be introduced at the other German sites. In doing so, the structuring of the measures to suit other sites is dependent on the valid rules and regulations, the circumstances and space at the sites, as well as the infection rate in the regions of the other sites and the associated regulations from the authorities during the pandemic.

Tönnies Holding and the Dekon Group

Tönnies launches joint venture in China

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Tönnies launches joint venture in China

Tönnies Holding and the Dekon Group are launching a joint venture for a slaughter and butchering centre in the Sichuan region +++ Signing of the memorandum of understanding at the Western China International Fair +++ Total investment of around EUR 500 mill.  

Rheda-Wiedenbrück/ Sichuan, 27/09/2019 – The Tönnies Group continues to further their internationalisation strategy and is setting up the first production location outside of Europe. Together with the Dekon Group, a subsidiary of the West Hope Group, Tönnies is now signing a memorandum of understanding for a slaughter and butchering centre in the Sichuan region, initially for two million pigs, which will be run as a joint venture. In a second phase, this will be expanded to six million pigs.

“We are proud to be starting a new chapter in our company history together with our partner, the Dekon Group” explained Tönnies CEO, Andres Ruff, during the signing at the Western China International Fair. “With our competence in the slaughter and butchering of pigs and our knowledge of the prerequisites, safety and hygiene in food production, we can further consolidate pork production for the Chinese market.”

The two partners will set up a new abattoir and associated butchering business for pork in the Sichuan region. The abattoir is designed for approx. two million pigs and is constructed according to the model of the Tönnies businesses in Germany. The total investment amounts to EUR 500 million, of which around EUR 150 million is accounted for by the slaughter and cutting centre.
“In Sichuan, the first plant is being constructed in compliance with the European standard for pork products. From breeding to slaughtering to processing, we will achieve complete integration in food production,” said Wang Degen, CEO of the Dekon Group, after the signing.

“The demand for pork in China and many other Asian countries is great and will continue to grow in the coming decades”, said Clemens Tönnies, Managing Partner of Tönnies Holding. “This joint venture is the next step in our internationalisation. We are bringing our knowledge of food production based on German standards to the world and strengthening the quality and safety of the supply in China.”

The Chinese food market is currently in a state of transition. African swine fever has culled stocks in parts of the country. Micro-businesses and backyard farms are now being replaced by agricultural companies whose biosafety corresponds to western-European standards. “We want to make use the spirit of optimism in China and produce quality meat for the Chinese market” explained Ruff with regard to the market. 

By signing the official memorandum of understanding, both companies want to start the joint venture now. The foundation stone for the production location is due to be laid in 2020. 

About Tönnies Tönnies is a multi-tier company in the food industry and is active around the world. With production locations in Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain and Poland, the company is split into eight divisions: Meat Pork, Meat Beef, Convenience, Sausages, Ingredients, International, Logistics and Central Services. The core business of the company, which was established in 1971, concerns the processing and refining of pigs, sows and cattle. 

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