Poultry processor invests £5m at Brackley site

Faccenda Foods, recently accused of food hygiene failings by The Guardian, has announced it will invest £5m in a new despatch facility.

The poultry processor announced plans to open a 3,000sq ft despatch facility at its Brackley site in the next 12 months. Faccenda Foods managing director Andy Dawkins commented: “In 2012 we made an £8m investment in the modernisation of our Brackley production facilities and this further investment of £5m demonstrates our commitment to continue to develop and improve our poultry operations centred here in Brackley, Northamptonshire.”

The new site at Brackley will allow Faccenda Foods to deliver improved levels of quality and service to its customers in the years ahead, the company reported. Meanwhile, the planned modernisation and refurbishment of the processing plant in Brackley will allow “investment in advanced operational processes, better infrastructure and new facilities for employees.”
 
Operations director Philip Davidson said: “Our focus with this development is to ensure our operations at Brackley are fit for the future, allowing us to take a major step forward in operational efficiency and employee working conditions, while reducing our environmental impact. This significant investment is good for our customers and great news for the local community.”

Faccenda was recently implicated in The Guardian exposé on the spread of campylobacter in the poultry industry by a whistleblower from one of its sites. The company has denied the allegations made against it by The Guardian and stated: “At Faccenda Foods, we recognise the food safety challenge posed by campylobacter and the concerns of consumers in this area. Through our Campylobacter Action Plan, Faccenda Foods continues to invest significantly across the whole supply chain to address this top priority issue.”

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