Sector News

2 Sisters eyes new East Mids site

December 1, 2015
Food & Drink

Birmingham-headquartered food giant 2 Sisters has confirmed it is in talks to buy an additional site in the East Midlands which was previously occupied by a £44m-turnover Indian snacks maker that collapsed in October leading to hundreds of job losses.

S&A Foods was established in 1987 and made Indian and ethnic cuisine from its base on Derby’s Sir Francis Ley Industrial Estate.

Administrators from Deloitte were called into the business on 27 October 2015. It then ceased to trade and about 300 workers were made redundant.

At the time, S&A founder Perween Warsi said the “root cause” of the administration was a decision by Asda to transfer its supply of chilled ready meals to another business.

A statement from 2 Sisters confirmed the group’s interest in the manufacturing site and said it was the “lead interested party” in regards to striking a deal.

It added that it is now “undertaking the necessary due process” and will provide further updates when the sale is complete.

2 Sisters’ primary operation is poultry processing. It also produces red meat, frozen products, chilled foods and biscuits from across its 36 production sites.

The news comes weeks after the group pledged to invest £150m across its poultry business in a bid to “revolutionise” the division. It is also pumping £55m into its ready meals operation.

2 Sisters currently has a number of bases in the East Midlands, including Matthew Walker in Heanor, Gunstones Bakery in Derbyshire and Salway Foods in Nottinghamshire. It also has a testing facility in Nottingham.

It is unclear what operation the potential new Derby site will house.

Source: Insider Media

comments closed

Related News

October 2, 2022

Drinktec 2022: In review

Food & Drink

In the lead-up to the world-famous Oktoberfest – which celebrates Bavarian tradition, beer and the festival spirit – Munich was already buzzing with activity by the time the doors opened to Drinktec 2022 on 12-16 September. The atmosphere was lively, with approximately 50,000 visitors from 169 countries in attendance.

October 2, 2022

Alan Jope to step down as Unilever CEO

Food & Drink

Unilever has announced CEO Alan Jope’s decision to retire from the company at the end of 2023, after five years at the helm. The announcement comes less than a year after a failed attempt by Unilever to buy GlaxoSmithKline’s consumer healthcare business and just months after activist investor Nelson Peltz joined the company’s board.

October 2, 2022

Lakeland Dairies names Colin Kelly as next group CEO

Food & Drink

Lakeland Dairies has announced that Colin Kelly will assume the role of group CEO following the retirement of Michael Hanley at the end of the year. Kelly will take up the position in January 2023, while Hanley will step down in December this year.