Turkey open day in Essex

Over 160 turkey producers from across the UK and Ireland took part in a recent customer open day.

Visitors saw a practical demonstration of how turkeys are processed at the Little Claydons plant in Essex. Following this, the attendees gathered at the FarmGate Hatchery at Danbury, where managing director Paul Kelly urged producers to play to their strengths. He told them to promote sales through butchers, farm shops and delicatessens.

He also explained that the recent horsemeat issue had added value to locally produced food and said: "Add to that the warmth towards small family businesses and the appeal of artisan production methods, and the traditional turkey is an attractive product in the modern context." 


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