2 Sisters plans new £30m plant

Chicken processor 2 Sisters has unveiled plans for a new £30m state-of-the-art complex in Thetford, Norfolk.

The company said the new coated protein plant would create 100 jobs when launched and a further 200 jobs in the future.

The site, which will be used by the group’s Prepared Foods Division over the next decade, will open in spring 2011.

2 Sisters UK managing director Eddie Power said: “We are very excited about the prospects of opening our new Thetford factory. This will enable us to offer customers an exciting new range of healthy and nutritious coated food products, alongside our existing best-selling lines.

“Over recent years we have sought to minimise our carbon footprint by reducing our distribution emissions and lowering our energy usage. Thetford will be highly automated with technological and environmental advances that will set the standard in sustainable design and environmental performance.

“We believe we are the first food business to open a new coated protein factory of this scale in the UK for almost 10 years. Our aim is to deliver significant environmental benefits as well as revolutionise the production of coated foods available in the UK.”

The development of the new plant comes as 2 Sisters waits to hear if its £342m cash bid for rival Northern Foods has been successful. Offer documents were posted to Northern shareholders last week and a deadline of 2 March has now been set.

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