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New Slaughterhouse for Organic Poultry


The ‘Sødams Organic Poultry’, leading company in Denmark in the production of organic poultry, decided to invest in building processing facilities, in order to meet the increased demand for organic poultry.



The lack of processing facilities for organic poultry in Denmark was the main obstacle for organic companies to address the increased demand for this product. Slaughtering and processing organic chicken requires a separated processing line. Moreover, organic chicken being too big, it often does not fit in the machinery available in a conventional slaughterhouse.


The main objective of the project was to provide the company “Sødams Organic Poultry” with new facilities for slaughtering and storing chicken. In addition to this, the project aimed to enhance cooperation between organic poultry producers and to create new permanent jobs in the area.

Main activities

The main activity undertaken during the project implementation consisted in the renovation and installation of new equipment for a building to make it suitable to be a slaughterhouse that could be used both by the company and by other producers. A part of the building was designated to be a cold storage room.

Results & Benefits

The new slaughterhouse enabled the 'Sødams Organic Poultry' and the other producers using the facility to significantly reduce costs (transport, veterinary controls, etc.) and administrative requirements related to slaughtering outside the country. The project increased the offer of organic poultry on the local market. The use of on-line sales allowed selling organic chicken across the country. Five new full-time jobs in the Tønder municipality were also created.

Lessons learnt

The projected shows that it is possible to retain business activity in a remote rural area through a focus on high quality food production also marketed towards consumers in city areas. Sødam is a known brand of Danish organic chicken production, and is one of the few who have received a certification from the national animal protection organisation because of the good conditions for the poultry.

Project location and other information

The Sødam organic slaughterhouse is located in Døstrup, Tønder municipality, in southwestern Jutland, not far from the German border.



RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

241 723

EAFRD contribution (€)

96 689

Private contribution (€)

145 034

Project website

Contact name

Michael Orbesen


+45 74 73 48 84; +45 40 18 60 14 / +45 22 33 36 70

Languages for contact

English, Danish

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Non-farm or non-forest entreprises

Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

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Theme / Measure:

• Rural Quality of Life & Economic Diversification
• Rural economic diversification
• 312. Support for business creation and development


Organic farming, Chicken, Employment, Enterprise , Modernisation

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