Flagship plant for foodservice sector

The new £5.5m Barton Meat Company factory at Gorton, Greater Manchester opened for business earlier this week.

The company claimed the new factory is the largest butchers operation for caterers in the UK, providing quality meat for foodservice operations including hotels, restaurants, education and contract caterers.

Formed by partnership between JS Barton and 3663 First for

Foodservice, a leading UK foodservice distributor, the company supplies customers throughout the country from its central production facility in Gorton and depots in London and Northampton.

The flagship factory boasts a fully automated gammon curing and slicing operation, dedicated room allocation with skilled staff for key customers' specific lines and a number of innovative training and experience programmes for chefs, including a meat appreciation programme, lamb cutting and steak experience.

Senior business operations director, Glenn Eastwood, said: "We are now working to develop the factory into a central production facility which will supply both 3663 and our other depots in Northampton and London with agreed specified cuts and further processed lines."

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