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6000 jobs saved by meat factories acquisition

05 March 2013

6000 jobs have been saved after the owner of Fox’s Biscuits and Goodfella’s pizza acquired 11 British meat factories. 2 sisters now owns the meat and poultry plants, which were put up for sale by Dutch owner, Vion. Under the deal, 2 Sisters has acquired factories in Coupar Angus, Cambuslang and Portlethen in Scotland and Llangefni, Sandycroft and Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. 

The firm has also bought further poultry factories in Basildon and Witham in Essex and Eye in Suffolk, as well as red meat factories in Victoria and Bodmin in Cornwall.

In 2012, after Vion lost a key poultry contract with Sainsbury’s, the company announced that it was selling its UK operations in a bid to focus on core markets in the Netherlands and Germany. Around 1700 jobs were lost when the company closed its Hall’s of Broxburn meat processing plant in West Lothian, while a further 350 employees at lamb processing plant, Welsh Country Foods near Anglesey, were part of another closure plan.

According to 2 Sisters, the new acquisition is the group’s first move into the red meat sector and will enable it to meet growing demand for products sourced in Britain.

Ranjit Singh, chief executive of 2 Sisters (pictured), said: "We are delighted to be acquiring Vion UK's poultry and red meat businesses. They have faced significant uncertainty and tough trading in recent months, but today's acquisition secures a viable future."

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