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„On the right track“: MEGGLE’s annual employee meeting

Honored for 40 years at MEGGLE (from the left): Josef Kobus, Kilian Hacker, Markus Asböck, Talip Bagcivan, Anton Preissinger, and Lorenz Spreigl, with Marina and Toni (4rd from the left) Meggle.

The business year 2017 shows for the dairy factory MEGGLE a positive development. The company was able to boost the revenue to one billion euro. Reinhold Schlensok, MEGGLE CEO, reported that there are more future investments scheduled for the headquarter in Wasserburg. Toni Meggle, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, honored employees for their long-term service and congratulated apprentices to their successful graduation.

At the beginning of the meeting, Robert Janjanin, Chairman of the Works Council, welcomed the employees and underlined the good collaboration during the last twelve months.

Toni Meggle was really happy to announce that the generation change in the management board has now been started. Reinhold Schlensok, who joined the board as Deputy Chairman in August, was appointed new CEO of the company in November. Schlensok will be supported by additional members, who will join the management board during the first months of 2018. When Toni Meggle explained the company figures he said: “2017 was an important year for us – we are on the right track!” He didn’t forget to express his appreciation to his employees: “Your efficient work was once again essential for the company. I would like to thank you for your great effort.”

After Schlensok had thanked the workforce for their friendly and supportive reception in his first weeks at MEGGLE, he started his first review of the MEGGLE group. “Overall, MEGGLE recorded a positive development in the past fiscal year.” The company’s turnover was about one billion euro this year – a significant increase compared to the figures of 2016. Therefore, MEGGLE was able to pay a higher milk price to the farmers.

The high fluctuation of the raw material market had negative impacts for the dairy factory. “We cannot stop, change or predict those developments of the milk market – we have to manage them” Schlensok summed up the difficult current situation.

Anyway, the business group Consumer Products West was able to present satisfying results in 2017. By placing TV ads in the public television channels products like “Alpenbutter” and the herb butter reached high attention in the relevant target group.

In South East Europe MEGGLE could win customers with protein products and also with the new product line for lactose intolerance. The other business groups were able to deliver good figures with their use of milk and whey as well.

2017 was a year of high and sustainable investments at Wasserburg’s production site. The new processing line for lactose is “a big milestone to guarantee the highest quality”, described the Chairman. Validations of the first products were very successful; audits were completed without any objections. In 2018 the board will invest once again a double digit million amount for the modernisation of the headquarter.

Reinhold Schlensok denied also rumors that were running in the region in the last few weeks: “It is the interest of the owning familiy to lead MEGGLE as a family company into the future. It is simply wrong that the dairy factory will be sold.”

The annual meeting ended with awards handed out to honour employees for their long service and to congratulate apprentices who had finished their vocational training. All of these young employees are still part of MEGGLE in a regular working relation.  

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