Cargill upgrades its poultry processing business in UK

Cargill has announced that it is investing £35m in its poultry processing business in the UK over a three-year period.

The investments will see the creation of a state-of-the-art processing facility in Hereford, improved efficiencies and upgraded technologies.

Managing director for Cargill Meats Europe Pilar Cruz said: “This is an exciting time for the poultry industry and, as demand for fresh chicken grown in the UK continues to rise amongst retailers and consumers, we aim to position ourselves to better support this. This investment will position Cargill for future growth and strengthen our relationship with key strategic customers in the UK.”

The investments will also aim to expand the company’s ability to process and supply fresh UK reared chicken.

It has already implemented controlled-atmosphere stunning, upgraded bird reception facilities in Hereford and will now aim to expand its chilling capabilities and hatchery.

“Cargill’s investment plans will not only help us support our customers, but also local farmers and the industry as a whole. We are committed to working together with our farmers, customers, suppliers and communities to help the UK poultry industry to thrive and to leverage our broad global knowledge, ethics and values to build a strong sustainable growth business in the UK,” Cruz added.

The new plans will aim to position Cargill as one of the most efficient and competitive poultry processing plants in Europe.


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