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VION to dazzle delegates with 'trash' talk

18 April 2011

VION Group is set to be a major draw at the Appetite for Engineering conference event, where it will deliver a presentation about animal by-products with Stephen Woodgate (pictured), a founding member of Fabra

Bob Carss, group environmental manager of VION Group, will be delivering his presentation with Stephen Woodgate, MD of Fabra.

These are two of the most progressive meat industry associations and they'll talk about how food processors can capitalise on the environmental credentials of animal by-products.

VION Food Group produces and processes high quality beef, lamb, pork, bacon and chicken as well as a wide range of convenience products such as sausages, cooked meats and added value cooked chicken.

The UK operation has extensive facilities across the UK from farms and hatcheries to primary production, processing and packing, and supplies products according to customer and market demands. The business is primarily focused on the UK retail market but also includes important foodservice and wholesale clients within its portfolio.

The operation was passionate about food and farming and its heritage gives VION UK a long-term, sustainable position to manage the supply chain – delivering food security, safety and quality to customers and consumers.

Its head office is in Livingston, Scotland, and it employs about 14,000 people at sites across the UK. Its core activities span three Business Units – Red Meat, Pork, and Poultry. In addition, its Added Value operations include an established Pizza manufacturing business, and our foodservice business - dedicated to effectively serving that market.

VION UK is also home to recognised and award winning brands, including debbie & andrew’s sausages, Case & Son’s Wiltshire cure bacon and ham, Cookstown pork products and royal warrant holder Hall’s, based in Scotland.

The farming heritage of VION runs strongly through our UK operations; it's the leading UK pig producer and almost all of our chickens come from our own farms. In addition, it is partners with major retailers in the development of several supply chain schemes to meet anticipated growth in demand for high welfare produce.

Fabra - the Foodchain and Biomass Renewables Association - exists to pursue technical advances for its members and for an industry dedicated to biosecurity in a low-carbon foodchain.

It is committed to the promotion of foodchain and biomass recycling, and to improving communication and developing closer links with the food industry, working constructively with UK and European regulators, legislators and influencers.

The Association has five founder members, each committed to a common goal: Biosecurity in a low-carbon foodchain.

Fabra founder members are Dundas Chemical Company, Linergy, PDM Group, John Pointon & Sons and P Waddington & Co. Together they share responsibility for the majority of the UK’s meat by-product processing capacity, providing essential food and environmental services and producing a variety of bio-fuels and renewable energy resources.

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