THE TOWN of Spišská Nová Ves is trying hard to keep producing its famous Spišské párky, a local variety of sausage. MäsoSpiš, a member of Tauris Group, announced in mid-January that it is moving the whole sausage operation to Rimavská Sobota, making all 129 employees redundant.
On February 6 the town proposed several stimuli through which it hopes to keep part of the traditional sausage-making in Spišská Nová Ves, the TASR newswire wrote.
“We have submitted proposals which we do not want to detail right now; but we have proposed additional alternatives to the company,” said Spišská Nová Ves Mayor Ján Volný, as cited by TASR.
“I believe that the company’s owners will ponder our offer.”
According to Volný, the town helped the company 10 years ago when it bought its production premises for a price much lower than its estimated value and it hopes its recent proposals might keep part of the production in the town.
“It was an inevitable step to maintain the competitiveness of Tauris Group products,” Pavel Machava, the spokesperson of Tauris, told the Korzár regional daily when asked about the company’s plans.
The possibility of the plant moving to Rimavská Sobota has caused a local shopping fever. Spišská Nová Ves residents know Spišské párky very well and have valued them for many years because they are produced in line with the original recipe, the Hospodárske Noviny daily wrote.
Last year the Tauris Group asked the EU to recognise Spišské párky as a traditional specialty in order to assure that wherever the sausages are produced the original quality would remain unchanged. By taking this step the company also wanted to combat other producers calling their sausages Spišské párky but not using the original recipe and producing sausages quite different from the real thing.
The original Spišské párky must contain 45 percent beef and 35 percent pork. The price for the authentic product is about €6-7 per kilogram.