Morrisons reject claims of abattoir sale

Reports that Morrisons might be selling their Woodhead Bros abattoirs have been cast aside by the supermarket.

The Irish Farmers Journal reported last week that speculation was growing over the possible sale of three abattoirs owned by Woodhead Bros, part of the Morrisons group.

The article reported that Irish meat processing firms ABP, Dawn and Dunbia were all interested in buying the abattoirs based across the country in Aberdeenshire, Lincolnshire and Lancashire.

However, a spokesperson for Morrisons refuted the claims in a statement: “We have no plans whatsoever to sell the three sites. The current speculation is absolute rubbish.  Our manufacturing business, including our meat processing facilities, is helping us deliver on our commitment to make Morrisons cheaper. As part of our integrated supply chain, it allows us to make cost savings that we can pass on to customers.”

In April the supermarket reported plans to extend it’s Chesire meat processing site, increasing their workforce by 50%.

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