Jerky Group opens UK processing plant

The Jerky Group opened up a UK processing plant in March, after previously having used a South American processor for its beef jerky.

“The purpose of this was to receive a critical mass of beef jerky to the UK,” said James Newitt, owner of the Jerky Group.

According to Newitt, the owners had dreamt of opening up their own manufacturing plant in the UK for a long time.

Upon changing to a British plant, Newitt said: “Timing has been well-received with the recent horsegate scandal. Our customer feedback has been really good, especially due to the fact that it is now manufactured in the UK.”

Additionally, the switch resulted in all of its recipes being reformed, especially by removing additives. The group’s jerky now has the cleanest recipe in the UK, with the only additive being soya.

The Jerky Group brought in a new business partner, Allan Craig, to head the new plant in Forres. He previously worked for ABP and ANM.

The first production at the plant started on 18 March and, Newitt said, it has all been positive and greatly received. “New packaging, new proteins and a new premium range,” he added.


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