Danpo's history goes back several years

Commercial breeding of broilers began in the 1950s, and with it, a large number of small slaughterhouses sprang up. The story of Danpo is the classic tale of how a number of companies merge into ever larger units to achieve the benefits of scale.



Cooperative slaughterhouses in Vamdrup, Randers, Svendborg, Ringsted and Rønne merge into Danpo AmbA (Danish Poultry)


Danpo is reconstructed as Danpo A/S with DLG and Danpo AmbA (the producers) as shareholders


Danpo is restructured and merged with KFK Poultry in Aars


Saturday chicken is introduced as Denmark's first convenience product


Danpo takes over the slaughterhouse in Farre Food near Give


The Swedish company Scandinavian Poultry acquires Danpo A/S. There is a high strategic focus on eradicating salmonella, and Danpo's largest slaughterhouse and poultry factory in Vamdrup is closed


Danish consumers are offered salmonella-free chicken for the first time. The strategy is to be a leader in food safety, and there is also production of fresh products, where previously it was frozen products such as "Saturday Chicken"


The slaughterhouse in Aars is expanded and converted to a fresh slaughterhouse with low-cooled and air-cooled chickens - an investment of more than DKK 70 million. The Ørbæk slaughterhouse is closed and an investment of DKK 120 million to build a new processing factory in Farre is approved by the Board of Directors


The modern processing factory in Farre is inaugurated with production of breaded and fried chicken for freezing. Danpo's former processing factory in Hammel is closed, and as there are now only two large factories left in Danpo (Aars and Farre), HQ is moved from Aarhus to the current location in Farre near Give


Quality certifications are stepped up and Danpo obtains BRC and EFSIS certificates


Spira takes over Scandinavian Poultry


Spira (Sweden) acquires Struer Poultry in Denmark, which closes in 2003/04


Danpo enters into collaboration with Vinderup Fjerkræ to slaughter ducks and chickens at a joint slaughterhouse in Gedved, after which Danpo closes the duck slaughterhouse in Gjern


Lantmännen (Sweden) acquires Spira, which changes its name to Kronfågel Holding


Declining exports of frozen chickens lead to the closure of the slaughterhouse in Farre, after which there is full focus on the processing factory. All slaughter now takes place in Aars


Modernization and expansion of the slaughterhouse in Aars with total investments exceeding DKK 110 million.


Investment of DKK 60 million in the processing plant in Farre


Danpo becomes part of the Nordic chicken company Scandi Standard, based in Stockholm. The group includes large companies such as Danpo (DK), Den Stolte Hane (N), Kronfågel (S), Manor Farm (IE) and Naapurin Maalaiskana (FI) and exports to over 40 countries worldwide


Scandi Standard is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, thus becoming a "folkeje"


Danpo starts a close and dedicated collaboration with Julemærkehjemmene, which every year helps hundreds of children to a better life with increased self-esteem


Danpo buys into Sødam's Organic Poultry Slaughterhouse


The proportion of slow-growing chickens is greatly increased with the launch of Gårdkylling


The Danish Family Farms brand with a strong focus on slow-growing chickens and high animal welfare is launched


Danpo partners with Rokkedahl to slaughter Danpo's welfare chickens, and later in the year the partnership is expanded to joint operation of Rokkedahl Food


The Happy Chicken Project is launched - ambitious brand with slow-growing chickens and high animal welfare for foodservice


Major investments are made in the processing factory in Farre, where a new line is opened. Major investments are also made in robotics in both Aars and Farre


Danpo begins selling Frijsenborg products after having been responsible for slaughtering since 2011


Danpo switches all production to slow-growing welfare chicken, but later has to reintroduce conventional chicken to meet Danish consumption patterns. However, Danpo is still the clear market leader in welfare chicken on the Danish market


Danpo initiates a major collaboration with Give District Heating, which, starting in 2024, will receive Danpo's surplus heat from the factory in Farre, thereby reducing Give District Heating's consumption of wood chips by 50% and completely eliminating the need for natural gas. The town of Farre is connected to district heating and switches from oil and gas.


Danpo divests its majority shareholding in Rokkedahl Food


The Danish Country Chicken brand is launched

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