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The 150 year old history of salami producer Pick shows that “Hungarian capital has to serve Hungarian interests”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at a gala event held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the company and the tenth anniversary of the Bonafarm Group, a food industry corporation owned by billionaire entrepreneur Sándor Csányi.
Although Hungarian-owned companies constitute 90% of the country’s food industry and employ 70% of the sector’s workers, only half of the sector’s revenues and profits end up with them, Orbán said. It is a national interest that Hungarian companies should have the lion’s share of the domestic food industry’s revenues and profits by 2030, Orbán said. They should also invest abroad, he added. “They should be robust and strong, use the economic possibilities of the region, Europe and the whole world to enrich Hungary,” Orbán said. Pick, known worldwide for its salamis, was built by men who knew “that success is something they needed to build every day,” Orbán said. This helped the company to get back on its feet after the world war, economic crises and the Communist nationalisation, he said.
Regarding Bonafarm, Orbán said that it gave further momentum to Pick when it acquired it in 2009. Bonafarm has shown impressive results. “Thirty years after the final hour of the communist regime, we have a modern, innovative corporation owned by Hungarians that has already grown outside the borders. We have been waiting for such a company in the Hungarian food industry for a long time,” Orbán said.