Vion is the largest meat company of the Netherlands with a large share in the German market.
The annual revenue is around 5 billion euros. In 2020, the corona year, Vion's revenue decreased slightly, but the profit almost doubled compared to 2019 to 53 million. The sole shareholder (NCB development, an investment fund of the ZLTO) even received a dividend payment of 17.5 million euros, the highest amount in at least three years. It is unknown what benefits the members of the ZLTO, livestock farmers but also vegetable farmers, get from this. The average salary of a Vion manager has also been raised again to 1.23 million euros per year with a six ton bonus. The Advisory Board members receive allowances of up to 75 thousand euros. The members met 13 times in 2019.
Support from animal farmers
Vion has an intimate relationship with animal farmers: it is owned by the NCB - the investment fund of the ZLTO (Southern Agriculture and Horticulture Organisation). The 15,000 members of ZLTO - farmers - are the shareholders of Vion.
Vion financed the protest farmers from Agractie. The FDF threatened to disrupt the action of Shut Down VION! in June 2020 and intimidated activists by distributing photos and names in a Facebook group. In 2011, however, Vion Boxtel itself was blocked by pig farmers to protest against low prices for pigs.
Boxtel export slaughterhouse
The largest slaughterhouse of Vion is located in Boxtel, together with the head office. Vion has 28 other branches spread over the Netherlands and Germany.
The current Vion was founded in 2003, but an export slaughterhouse has been located in Boxtel since 1916. Even today, the majority of meat and meat products are still exported. In fact, the company plays a marginal role in the domestic food supply and instead mainly creates environmental problems and suffering.
Especially in Germany, Vion is known for its brands: SALOMON FoodWorld and FVZ Convenience.
Despite the obvious exploitation caused by this company, they still try to come accross as a sustainable and social business. For example, Vion tries to make a good impression with her subsidiary De Groene Weg (organic butchery) and sponsored Dutch cyclist Tom Dumoulin until Shut Down VION! intervened.