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Cranswick to invest £54m to build new Weybread poultry plant in UK

FBR Staff Writer Published 29 November 2017

UK-based Cranswick has unveiled plans to build a new £54m primary poultry facility in Eye, Suffolk.

The food processing company will also invest an additional £13m to upscale existing milling and hatchery facilities associated with the project.

Cranswick made the investment announcement while releasing its first half of interim results for 2017. The company reported an increase of 23% in its revenue at £714.6m, compared to the same period last year.

The new poultry facility is slated to be ready in late 2019 and will have further room for expansion.

Cranswick CEO said Adam Couch said: “The facility will incorporate the highest animal welfare standards and latest generation production techniques and equipment to drive operational efficiency gains.

“We also plan to upscale our feed mill and hatchery operations to maintain our fully integrated supply chain model.”

The company revealed that its new Continental Foods facility, which is being built with an investment of £28m in Bury, Lancashire, is progressing according to plan.

In November 2016, Cranswick had announced its plans to open the new facility in Bury, aimed at increasing the production of Continental Fine Foods.

Acquired by Cranswick in 2001, Continental Fine Foods manufactures continental meats, cooked meats, pâté, continental cheeses, olives and antipasti, pizza toppings and fresh Italian pasta.

Cranswick, which was established in the early 1970s, supplies food products to the UK food retail and food service sectors. The company has more than 10,000 employees and operates fifteen production facilities in the UK.

Image: Cranswick will invest in a new £54m poultry plant in Suffolk. Photo: courtesy of kdshutterman/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.