Disagreement concerning the future strategy for Tulip UK has resulted in the resignation of Danish Crown’s group executive vice president Flemming N Enevoldsen, the man responsible for the group’s UK operations since 2012.
A statement issued by the Board of Danish Crown said the group had entered into an agreement with Mr Enevoldsen that he would resign with immediate effect and by mutual consent.
“The reason for the resignation is disagreement on the future strategy regarding Tulip UK, where Danish Crown holds a strategically important position with significant sales to a number of leading UK retail chains,” continued the statement.
“We have over a period witnessed that we are losing competitiveness in this important market, where we are involved in both slaughtering, sales of fresh meat and processed products. As a Group we can not accept this development to continue.
“The UK market has since 2012 been the business responsibility of Mr Enevoldsen, but we have realised that there is a strategic disagreement between the Board and the Group Executive VP on how these challenges should be addressed. Thus we have reached this agreement.”
Danish Crown emphasised that it still has “great confidence in” and feels “deeply committed” towards the UK market and the total of 5900 jobs at 15 production facilities in the UK.
“Tulip UK’s turnover for the latest full financial year was DKK 11.7billion (£1.25 bl),” said the statement. “Substantial positive earnings are still expected for Tulip UK in the current financial year. ”