2 Sisters Food Group expands Perthshire cutting site

2 Sisters Food Group has expanded its cutting operation at its chicken processing site in Perthshire.

The move will create 150 new jobs in the area and will bring the site’s workforce up to 720.

The investment is designed to help enable the site at Coupar Angus to supply more retail packed chicken portions, with the chickens reared then processed and packed in Scotland.

Russell Allan, general manager at Coupar Angus, said: “We’ve seen significant investment in the site since 2 Sisters bought it, upgrading the chill line and changing the production layout.”

“The expansion of the cutting operation is great news for the whole team at Coupar and recognises the commitment and dedication of our loyal colleagues.”

Peter Judge, operations director at UK poultry, added: “This is an exciting time for the team at Coupar and if the current expansion is successful, then there is scope for further growth. 2 Sisters is in the midst of a multi-million pound programme to transform how poultry is processed in the UK.”

When announcing the group’s third-quarter results last month, CEO Ranjit Singh Boparan said that expanding cutting facilities in Scotland was part of 2 Sisters’ plan to “achieve a leaner structure”.

In those results, the business reported a profit margin drop of 39.14% from £21.6 million (m) in the third quarter of 2016 to £13.1m this year. Its like-for-like sales were up 3.1% for the period.

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