Cargill and Faccenda announce joint venture

Cargill and Faccenda Foods have agreed to establish a joint venture to create a new UK food company focused on chicken, turkey and duck.

The as yet unnamed new company will have the capability to respond to changing customer needs in the retail and foodservice sectors with a strategy for growth. The formation of this joint venture is subject to clearance by the relevant regulatory authorities. The name of the new joint venture is expected to be announced upon closing of the deal. 

Cargill’s fresh chicken business in the UK is going to join Faccenda’s fresh chicken, turkey and duck business to form the new company.

The new joint venture will be a standalone business, with Cargill and Faccenda taking an equal shareholding.

It plans to “bring together two complementary businesses with a track record of success, shared values and a strong reputation in the UK poultry market”.

Andy Dawkins, managing director for Faccenda Foods, will be appointed chief executive officer of the newly formed company while Chris Hall, fresh chicken director for Cargill Meats Europe, will be appointed chief commercial officer of the new joint venture.

The new business plans to employ approximately 6,000 people in the UK, with employees coming from both parent companies, and will operate across multiple agriculture and operational centres, with broad capabilities that span the supply chain, focused on operational excellence and customer-focused partnerships.

“We believe the two organisations are complementary," explained Chris Langholz, president of Cargill Poultry. “Combining into one entity allows us to build on our strengths, grow in the market and better serve our customers. The venture will facilitate greater opportunities to innovate and deliver new and exciting poultry products for consumers.”

Ian Faccenda, chief executive officer of Faccenda Investments, said: “Both Cargill and Faccenda are recognised today by their customers for their high standards and great service. The new joint venture confirms our long-term commitment to being a responsible partner across the entire supply chain, providing stability and security to our customers, suppliers and growers for years to come.

“This is an exciting time,” he added. “We are bringing together talented people from both businesses with complementary values and expertise, and giving them the opportunity to develop and be successful in a new business with the capability to grow.”

Separate to this joint venture with Faccenda, Cargill plans continue to process and sell cooked poultry products in Balliol, Wolverhampton, as well as operate its poultry import, trading and distribution business. Cargill will also continue to operate its European poultry businesses in France, Russia and the Netherlands. Faccenda will retain its shareholding in Dartmouth Foods.

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