Dunbia strengthens position in Scotland

Leading red meat processor Dunbia has announced further expansion into Scotland with the purchase of Lynch Quality Meats in Ayr.

The investment by the Northern Irish-owned company now brings its business up to 13 sites located throughout the UK, employing more than 4,000 people.

Dunbia said the decision to purchase Lynch was a move to strengthen its operations after winning a number of sole supply contracts across beef, pork and lamb with both Sainsbury’s and The Co-operative Group.

Michael Doran, sales director, said: “It was the next important strategic step for Dunbia. With facilities in England, Wales, NI and ROI, we needed to strengthen our position further in Scotland to meet customer needs and provide the same level of service we do in other regions to all our stakeholders.

“We have excellent long-term business relationships with Sainsbury’s and The Co-operative, and their recent commitment to source their complete Scottish red meat range from Dunbia highlights that the business model we use in other regions is working to the benefit of all supply chain partners – success we plan to mirror in Scotland.”

The announcement follows on from a number of expansions in the past two years, which has seen Dunbia buy two pork operations – Heathfield Foods in Crewe, and G Woods & Sons in Mansfield.

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