NFU and British Poultry Council pay tribute to Bernard Matthews

Every farmer and entrepreneur should be inspired by the legacy Bernard Mathews has left, the National Farmers' Union (NFU) has said.

Paying tribute to the Norfolk pioneer, who passed away yesterday (Thursday), NFU chief poultry adviser Rob Newbery said Matthews would be sadly missed and remembered by many.

“The Bernard Matthews’ story is an inspiration to any farmer, or entrepreneur. From humble beginnings he built an innovative and, in its time, unique business. Bernard Matthews’ success was poultry farming’s success.

“Bernard Matthews is strong rural company, brand and employer, with roots firmly in farming; he created a legacy to be proud of.

“He will be sadly missed and remembered by many. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

A British Poultry Council spokesperson added: "Bernard Matthews was a stalwart of the poultry industry – whose name has become synonymous with the turkey that he produced. He has left behind an incredible legacy in the now iconic business that he built himself from a small investment and a lot of hard work. He was an incredibly respected member of the British poultry community and his passing marks the end of an era. Our thoughts are with his family and his staff."

Bernard Matthews 1930 - 2010

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