2 Sisters grows south west chicken production after multi-million investment

2 Sisters Food Group has announced that £27.5 million has been invested in its south west supply chain last year, enabling it to increase its chicken production in the region. 

In 2016, the poultry processor rebuilt, refurbished and added extra poultry houses to the existing sites in an expansion strategy. The developments allowed 2 Sisters to grow the supply chain by a third to more than a million birds a week.

By extending the hatchery at Kentisbeare in Devon, coupled with the further expansion by specialist family farms in the area, the firm hopes that the region will receive a status as a source of quality, free-range and organic chicken.

One of the standard farms has been installed with a viewing gallery, allowing spectators to see how 2 Sisters rears chickens in a high-standard setting, without compromising on biosecurity and animal welfare.

“The investment will future-proof our south west supply chain and sends a clear message of intent to growers and suppliers in the region,” said a 2 Sisters spokesman.

“The increase in the growing base means that our Willand facility is now processing over a million birds every week, which is a fantastic achievement by our colleagues and a new milestone for the site.”

Chris Chater, general manager of Hook 2 Sisters, a joint venture between PD Hook Group and 2 Sisters Food Group in the south west, said the funding had rejuvenated the esteem of the business. “The investment in our growing base has injected fresh optimism and provided our outdoor farmers with the confidence to grow their business alongside ours,” he said.

“It has created 17 new jobs directly and we’re aware that other agri partners have taken on extra colleagues and invested in new equipment. The hatchery has allowed us to grow by 50% in the last 12 months, with the capacity to supply more chicks in the future.”

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