Belgian slaughterhouse finds new owners
The Bastogne slaughterhouse operated before 2018 as part of Veviba, owned by the Verbiest family. After allegations of fraud with labels and freezing dates, it lost its license and continued under the name Qualibeef. Qualibeef went bankrupt in August 2019.
Two acquirers have taken over the 7 ha site. Bernard Gotta from Liège took over Viande De Liège in 2020 with Sobermax (Pierre Mailleux). Gotta specializes in supplying (more than 300) artisan butchers and medium-sized shops. It founded the label 'Pré de chez nous', a label for local and sustainable beef. Marcel Peters (Megri and P&M) is active from Saint-Vith and specializes in cutting cattle and pigs. It distributes its products to wholesale distribution and catering. 90% of the meat goes to neighboring countries, 10% stays in Belgium.
With an investment of 16 million euros, both parties want to completely renovate the site in Bastogne. The barn area will be doubled and the slaughter line will be modernized and expanded. The installation of a rapid cooling tunnel and refrigerator, the establishment of a new cutting workshop and the setting up of a fully automatic dynamic storage space are also part of the investment plan. The aim is to start working on the site from the end of 2024 and to employ 180 people.
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